Juventus FC defender Leonardo Bonucci believes that teammate Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t have gone to PSG even if Lionel Messi had not gone to the Ligue 1 giants. Bonucci claims that the Portuguese superstar was never looking for a way out of Juventus. Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is expected to complete a move to PSG this week after bringing an end to his 21-year association with FC Barcelona.
After a disappointing domestic season, the five-time Ballon d’or winner was heavily linked with a move to PSG. Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juve throughout the summer after entering the final year of his contract, and PSG were among the clubs said to be interested. But a move to France now looks improbable, with Messi, who is Flying to Paris to finalize a move to PSG after failing to reach an agreement with Barcelona over a new contract.
What Leonardo Bonucci has said
“I think Cristiano would have stayed even if Messi did not go to PSG,” Leonardo Bonucci told Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.
“For us he is an added value, and I am sure that this year, more so than in past years, he will help us to go far with all our objectives.”
On a possible retracing of steps by the Miralem Pjanic, Leonardo Bonucci said: “We spoke, but not about the transfer market. We spoke as friends, not as former team-mates.
“He’s a great player, if he comes back, he would certainly be an important player for the group and for the team.”
Since Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, only Robert Lewandowski (103) has scored more goals in all competitions than his 73 among players in Europe’s top five leagues. The Portugal forward’s 83 goal involvements over this period rank fourth behind Lewandowski (121), Messi (106) and Kylian Mbappe (97). In spite of Ronaldo enjoying another prolific season in front of goal, Juventus finished fourth in Serie A in 2020/2021.
Leonardo Bonucci played a starring role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, is aiming to win back the title from Inter Milan when the new season begins. It will begin in two weeks’ time.
“We want to bring the Scudetto back home, there is no point in hiding that,” he said.
“When you play for Juventus, that has to be the objective for the season, just like having a great UEFA Champions League campaign and fighting on all fronts.
“Personally, though, my goal is to continue my form from the Euros, where I played a major role, and do that again with Juventus.”
Juventus suffered a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy last time out and have a final friendly date with Atalanta to take in on Saturday before opening a new Serie A season away at Udinese on August 22.