Cristiano Ronaldo won't link up with Lionel Messi at Barcelona despite rumors flying, and will instead stay in Italy


Cristiano Ronaldo will not be moving to FC Barcelona to join forces with Lionel Messi, and will instead see out his contract with Juventus.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reported earlier this week that Ronaldo had been offered up to a number of Europe's biggest clubs, including Barcelona, with Juventus keen to get the Portuguese star off the club's wage bill.

Ronaldo earns $34 million per year in wages alone at the Allianz Stadium.

According to AS however, people close to the Ronaldo say rumours that the 35-year-old forward could be on his way to the Camp Nou are "completely false" and have insisted he will see out his current contract with Juventus, which expires in June 2022.

Sources close to Ronaldo added to AS that he and his family are "very happy" in Turin.

Ronaldo joined Juve in the summer of 2018 from Real Madrid, and has since scored 65 times in 89 games, helping the club to win back-to-back Serie A titles.

The Italian champion has also just appointed a new manager in the form of club legend Andrea Pirlo following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri, who was sacked after just one season.

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