- Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly interested in move to PSG six years ago
- Florentino Perez warned striker that a club would have to stump up €200million
- Real Madrid president told Ronaldo he would use money to sign Lionel Messi
- Ronaldo remained with Real and went on to win three Ballon d’Or trophies
Ronaldo was reportedly interested in a move to the Parisian club six years ago but Perez issued a remarkable threat, according to France Football.
The indomitable club president was reportedly made aware of texts his striker sent to a friend that read: ‘I want to go to Paris. There, they will really love me.
Cristiano Ronaldo was warned by Florentino Perez that Real Madrid would sign Lionel Messi
Perez (right) is reported to have said he would spend €200million on Messi’s release clause
‘The French will be so happy that I play in their Championship that the media will campaign in my favor for the Ballon d’Or.’
Perez weighed in: ‘Find me a club that puts €200million on the table, and with the money, I’ll pay the release clause of Messi to take your place.’
Back in 2012 Ronaldo’s relationship with then manager Jose Mourinho was strained and he had seen Barcelona emerge as the dominant team in Europe.
Ronaldo stayed with Real Madrid and has flourished during his time in the Spanish capital
Whether Messi would have agreed to join the Catalan club’s fiercest rival is an entirely different matter but Perez held onto his talisman.
Any longing Ronaldo had to join PSG was quickly snuffed out and given the success he’s tasted in the Spanish capital since, perhaps the 33-year-old is grateful for that decision.
Ronaldo has lifted the Champions League three times since 2012 and excelled on an individual level, claiming the Ballon d’Or on three more occasions.
On Wednesday Real will once again pin their hopes on the decorated forward when PSG visit the Bernabeu in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Champions League.
Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or three times since 2012 and is tied with Messi on five