Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar leave no room for Cristiano Ronaldo
When you already have the best talents in the world, you just don't need any more. That's the thinking of PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who spoke to Sky News on Tuesday revealing the plans of Paris Saint-Germain regarding the pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo's signature.
The main headline of the full Al-Khelaifi story, obviously, was the one related to PSG's interest in signing Jude Bellingham. But Ronaldo was always going to enter the conversation at some point.
Our friends from Sky asked Al-Khelaifi about the ongoing drama involving Ronaldo, his departure from Manchester United thus entering free agency, and the possibility of PSG signing the old Portuguese forward.
"It will be very difficult to sign Cristiano Ronaldo," said Al-Khelaifi.
The main reason for that shouldn't surprise anyone, not even the most casual of football -- or sports as a whole, for that matter -- fan. "We already have Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe."
Simply put, Cristiano Ronaldo just can't compete with PSG's world-beating triumvirate at this point in his long-tenured, now close-to-be-over career.
Cristiano Ronaldo only has one option left and it's far from PSG: filling his pockets with Saudi money from Al-Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo, a free agent after parting ways with his beloved (we thought) Manchester United by mutual consent last month, is closer to Piers Morgan than he is to any club worth mentioning in a top-tier conversation these days.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a person who thinks that still belongs to the elite group of players in the current football panorama... but does not anymore.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who PSG president Al-Khelaifi "wished (him) all the best," when speaking to Sky News after saying that "the three players that we have in Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe" make it "very difficult" to sign the benched Portugal international.
"He is fantastic and he is still an amazing player," concluded Al-Khelaifi while proverbially patting Ronaldo's shoulder, trying not to make him sob in the distance.
Just a few days ago, Sky reported an offer made to Ronaldo by on-par-with-his-level Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr. It would make sense for Ronaldo to move over there, considering the Saudis want to make Ronaldo "an ambassador for the game there" while gently handling him €200M to roam empty football fields.
Truth be told, the idea fits Ronaldo like to a tee. We all know that and it has become clear each passing year of his never-ending career. It all started all the way back in the early aughts in Portugal while in Lisbon, and the monster-ego has only grown from that point on.
Adding Ronaldo to PSG actually would fit the model of this new-age Parisian club.
Flashes, money, fame, recognition, virtual stories, and social network followers. It happened with Ney. It happened with Mbappe. And, more than with anyone else, it surely happened with Lionel Messi.
The only problem would be that, in order for this to work for all parties involved, Ronaldo would need to do more than sell boxers and fragrances. That, I'm afraid, is not in Ronaldo's schedule anymore.