The Irony of Soccer Transfers

I guess so': Lionel Messi on passing to Cristiano Ronaldo if they play  together | Sports News,The Indian Express

By Amelia Lipcsei 

Following Ronaldo’s shocking move to Juventus in 2018, the majority of the soccer world mourned the loss of one of the greatest players of all time in the Premier League. At the time, Messi and Ronaldo were considered the two best forwards in the world – a belief that continues today. The news that two incredible players would be playing in different leagues brought distress to many; even now, people miss watching the rivalry between the two forwards. However, with recent transfers, hope rose that Ronaldo and Messi would both choose to sign to a premier league team – this hope, unfortunately, was quickly crushed. 

After a long spectacular career with Barcelona, the team he stayed with for over 20 years, Messi has made the difficult decision to transfer to PSG, a team in Ligue 1. Due to financial constraints, Barcelona could no longer afford a player as valuable as Messi, resulting in the huge loss for the club. According to ESPN sources, with the transfer to PSG, Messi will earn more than Neymar, PSG’s super forward. 

Now, with a brilliant forward line consisting of Neymar, Messi, and Mbappe, PSG seems off to a strong start during the 2021-22 season, having won all four of their games in Ligue 1. Last season, the club managed to place second in the league; with Messi now on their team, the prospect of first place appears even more achievable. 

Ironically, right after Messi left the Premier League, Ronaldo signed with Manchester City, thus rejoining the Premier League. However, unlike Messi, Ronaldo made the choice himself to leave the club, believing that it was the right decision for his career. With add-ons, reports state that the superstar will make over $30 million in transfer money; more than his old salary at Juventus. 

Although the two phenomenal forwards will continue to play in opposite leagues, fans are interested in  seeing how they manage at their new teams; watching either of them play always brings entertainment to the soccer world.