Paris Saint-Germain Wanted Ronaldo Before Signing Neymar

PSG's Neymar celebrates.

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Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain broke the transfer record this summer when they splashed a cosmic amount of cash to bring in Brazilian superstar Neymar from Barcelona. A deal which was worth £198 million shook the football world to its core, resulting in huge market inflation.

However, the highly-rated Barcelona man was merely second choice to PSG’s major target, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.

As per the report mentioned in Mirror, PSG only shifted their focus from Ronaldo to Neymar when the French club realised that ‘they wouldn’t be able to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to France’. The Ligue 1 heavyweights were reportedly aiming to make a move for the Portuguese as soon as reports emerged about him wanting to leave Spain.

The root cause of Ronaldo’s desire to depart was the tax fraud allegation, which led the star forward want to leave the country after growing ‘frustrated’ with the situation.

However, PSG were unable to take advantage of the circumstances, and eventually made their bid to capture Neymar after failing to land the Real Madrid man.

Since signing Neymar, the French club has brought in another significant signing in the form of Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe from Monaco. Along with his mission to regain the French title after having lost it to Monaco last season, Unai Emery is also aiming to bring European glory to Parc des Princes this year.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy.

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Meanwhile, despite the fact that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently doing extremely well under Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital, he hasn’t ruled out a possible move to England. Ronaldo stated: “I never had a problem in England… that’s why I would like to go back to England.”

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Written by Sidharth Jindal  

Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.


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