Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria believes Cristiano Ronaldo “would be dying” to join the club following their signing of his long-time rival Lionel Messi.
The French giants completed a move for Messi earlier this week after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was unable to pen a new deal with his beloved Barcelona due to La Liga regulations.
And there have been staggering recent reports from Spanish outlet Diario AS suggesting that PSG could pursue a potential deal to also bring Ronaldo to Parc des Princes next summer once his contract with Juventus expires.
The prospect of Messi and Ronaldo partnering up following the years they spent in fierce competition with each other in La Liga is a mouthwatering one for supporters.
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And speaking to TyC Sports Di Maria stated his opinion that Ronaldo would be desperate to become the latest big-name star to make the move to France if the opportunity arises.
“It doesn’t happen often in clubs and the greats always want to be with the best. Cristiano would certainly like to be here, but they signed Messi and luckily, it’s better this way.”
Di Maria also opened up about playing with his international teammate Messi at club level, and thinks the 34-year-old is a level above any other player in the world – including Ronaldo.
“Messi is of another category,” he added. “You throw a stone at him and he stops it, he does it as if it was nothing. He thinks before the others.
“I have never seen anything like it. I have played with Cristiano, Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Wayne] Rooney, [Robin] van Persie, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale and honestly, I have never seen anything like it.
“Leo is something unique. For me, it’s very easy to play with him. If you run, he gives you the ball at your feet. There are no excuses. I have a very good relationship with him, even off the pitch.
“I think Messi will feel better here than in Catalunya. With the welcome he has had in Paris, I think he already understands what he represents.”
Messi is not likely to be ready to make his debut for his new club when PSG take on Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday, with his manager Mauricio Pochettino saying: “We will take it step by step, get to know each other and have him feel fit and comfortable so that he is able to make his debut when he is fully fit.
“The priority is that he is OK, feels good, and when he is in the best condition, he can play.
“I want to have the best players, like any coach. Everyone knows that Messi is one of the best in the world.”
Ronaldo, meanwhile, will be back in competitive action when Serie A kicks off next weekend, with Juve facing Udinese on August 22.