Barcelona Coach Reveals How Ronaldo’s Departure Is Affecting Messi

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, could be a turning point in his rivalry with Lionel Messi.

Barcelona and Real Madrid’s encounters were taken up a notch following Ronaldo’s move to the Bernabeu in 2009 and Ronaldo and Messi have won every Ballon d’Or for the last decade.

“Ronaldo’s departure would seem to have ended the competition between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because people rarely mention one without mentioning the other,” Valverde told Barca Magazine.

“A lot of people are interested, me too, to see how it will affect Real Madrid’s football and what they might do in the transfer market, and also knowing that Ronaldo is at another club and what that might mean for LaLiga and the Champions League too.”

Clubs in Spain have until August 31 to sign new players.


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