Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been dubbed “rats” for their transfers to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
The summer transfers of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been slammed.
After leaving Juventus and Barcelona this summer, former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has called Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi “rats.” After a terrible season in Italy, Ronaldo has left Juventus.
Juventus bought the Portugal international from Real Madrid in the hopes of helping them win the Champions League.
However, Andrea Pirlo’s team failed to win on the European stage, as they finished fourth in Serie A last season.
As a result, Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, went on the lookout for a new club, and he was successful in persuading Manchester United to re-sign the forward.
Lionel Messi, another of the game’s best ever players, was moved to fresh pastures earlier this summer.
Due to Barcelona’s financial difficulties, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract demands were not met.
Messi has reunited with a former Barcelona teammate at PSG, but Jordan has targeted the 34-year-old.
Jordan fumed on talkSPORT, “There’s an argument to be made, Messi and Ronaldo are like rats abandoning financially sinking ships.”
“One argument could be that they’re coming out of Spain and Italy when the finances are coming out of Spain and Italy.
“Ronaldo coming back to United, they’re getting Ronaldo back, they’re getting a player back who was once a little child at United who was excellent and who is still an outstanding footballer.
“When I see United and players like Mason Greenwood, who was absolutely fantastic yesterday, it reminds me of the transfer that has occurred here.
“From the Glazers’ perspective, it’s playing into the gallery – ‘look at us, look at what we’ve done for you guys, we’ve brought something back that no one believed we could’.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to accept him, of course, and bring him into the fold,” he said.
“If he’s saying that the player will start as a matter of course and that people will have to get used to it, I’m not sure about that because players should be chosen on their merits.”
After the international break, Ronaldo is likely to make his United debut against Newcastle.
Messi, meanwhile, made his PSG debut from the “Brinkwire Summary News”.