Did we really think Cristiano Ronaldo was going to let Lionel Messi steal all the transfer headlines this summer?
The Portuguese superstar appears to be on the verge of a move from Juventus to Manchester City that would send shockwaves through European soccer.
It’s not a done deal, given his current club’s demands for any transfer, but the 36-year-old has wanted out of Turin, and the Italian giants reportedly want him off their payroll.
In 2009, he transferred to Real Madrid for a then-record $100 million, and his 2018 move to Juventus was the largest transfer by an Italian club ($131.5M), and largest for a player over 30.
This summer, Man City have already added Jack Grealish — and seriously pursued Harry Kane — as they chase their elusive first Champions League title. Perhaps Ronaldo, a five-time winner, will get them there.
And just in case we needed more inevitable comparisons with Messi: Ronaldo’s new coach will be Pep Guardiola, who led the Argentine legend’s world-conquering Barcelona squads from 2008-12 — and just announced that he will leave Man City in 2023.