The rivalry between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo electrified the football world for more than a decade. Both players competed with each other not only on the pitch through scored goals or trophies, but also for contracts and earnings. The Spanish “El Mundo” revealed that the Portuguese while playing for Real Madrid was interested in the salary that the Argentine receives at FC Barcelona.
Ronaldo was interested in Messi’s salary. he asked directly
The newspaper from the Iberian Peninsula even claims that Ronaldo was “obsessed” with the earnings of his rival for several years. So much so that a few years ago he asked directly Josep Maria Bartomeu, then president of the club from Camp Nou. It was during the ceremony of giving one of the football awards.
“I can’t tell you exactly, but twice what Real Madrid are paying you,” Bartomeu was said to have replied at the time, according to El Mundo. This conversation took place shortly before Ronaldo left Spain. This happened in the summer of 2018 when the Portuguese moved to Juventus.
This is not the first time that the “Royal” players were interested in the salary of their “counterparts” at the biggest rival. In 2022, when Sergio Ramos said goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu, he was supposed to put pressure on Florentin Perez because of Gerard Pique’s wages at Barcelona. “Pique gets so much, I want the same,” the long-time captain of Real Madrid reportedly said, according to Diario Sport. The Barca player was supposed to earn 14 million euros net at that time. Perez did not agree to his demands and Ramos moved to Paris Saint Germain when his contract expired.
When the Spaniard found out that Pique had received more from him over many years, he got angry and even asked the people of Barcelona to confirm this information. At the Camp Nou, he was made to understand that this was indeed the case.
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