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Cristiano Ronaldo won’t make rumored move to join Lionel Messi in Barcelona

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Despite recent rumors of a potential Cristiano Ronaldo move to Barcelona, the Portuguese megastar will stay put at Juventus and won’t link up with Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo will play out the rest of his contract with the Italian champions instead, according to AS — one that expires in 2022.

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague reported earlier this week that Juventus offered Cristiano Ronaldo to a number of big European clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, in order to get his hefty salary off their books. Those close to Ronaldo called the rumors “completely false.”

“The reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked to PSG is not so much that PSG are thinking of getting him, it is because Jorge Mendes (Ronaldo’s agent) has been given instructions to find a team for Ronaldo,” Balague told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We’ve seen this in the last six months, he was linked to Real Madrid. They said no chance, he’s not coming back.

“And there’s been talks about the MLS because Juventus want to get rid of that wage. It is as drastic as that. He’s been offered everywhere, including Barcelona.”

Ronaldo is making a beefy $34 million per year in wages, the second-highest earnings to his longtime rival, Lionel Messi. The two endured many wars on the pitch when Cristiano Ronaldo played for Real Madrid and each of them has given the other props for the competition they shared for the better part of last decade.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer of 2018 after a long tenure with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. Since his move to Serie A, he’s scored 65 times in 89 games, guiding the club to back-to-back league titles.

Juventus also recently sacked former manager Maurizio Sarri after being eliminated in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, promoting club legend Andrea Pirlo shortly after.