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The astonishing threat Florentino Perez made to Cristiano Ronaldo to stop him joining PSG in 2012

Mirror logo Mirror 13/02/2018 Alex Richards
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Florentino Perez persuaded Cristiano Ronaldo to reject a move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 - by threatening that he would sign Lionel Messi, according to reports in France. 

The shock revelation has been made in the latest edition of France Football, ahead of Los Blancos’ Champions League clash with PSG on Wednesday night.

It’s claimed that in 2012, with Ronaldo experiencing a somewhat rocky relationship with then-Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese wanted to depart for Paris.

Ronaldo, then 27, had seen Barcelona become European football’s dominant force, with Argentine ace Messi a repeated Ballon d’Or winner.

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And he reportedly sent a text to a friend in 2012 declaring: "I want to go to Paris. There, they will really love me.

“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.”

However, when Ronaldo sought out Madrid president Perez with his idea of a Bernabeu exit, Perez hit back.

According to FF, Perez replied: “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.”

Ronaldo of course remained with the Spanish champions and has since won three Champions League titles - as well three further Ballon d’Or titles.

He will again be Madrid’s go-to man when they face PSG at the Bernabeu on Wedneday evening.

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