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How Lionel Messi affected Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United decision

An insight into why Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to leave Manchester United this summer has been provided.


It is well documented at this point that the Portuguese wants to leave the Red Devils this summer.

The forward did not take part in United’s international pre-season tour and has seen himself offered to countless clubs by his agent, Jorge Mendes.

The likes of Chelsea, PSG and Atletico Madrid have been offered and since turned down the 37-year-old, with Atletico fans going as far as putting out a statement telling their club not to sign the former Real Madrid man.

Now, in more recent days, Ronaldo has somewhat bizarrely been offered to Serie A side Napoli.

Napoli were once a top side and have had some legendary players, but Ronaldo signing for them in 2022 did seem slightly odd.

However, a possible explanation for Ronaldo being offered to the Naples-based outfit has been provided.

According to Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League goal-scoring record is seen as a motivating factor behind a move.

The forward currently has 141 CL goals, with Lionel Messi in second place with 125. However, as Messi is a few years younger, Ronaldo is clearly fearful the Argentine will catch him, hence why he was offered to Napoli, who finished 3rd in Serie A last year and thus will play in Europe’s premier competition, unlike United.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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