Ronaldo Believes Lionel Messi Does Not Boost PSG’s Champions League Chances

Published 09/08/2021, 1:40 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi poses with his jersey next to President Nasser Al Khelaifi after the press conference of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sebastien Muylaert/Getty Images)


Lionel Messi sent shockwaves across the world when he joined PSG from his boyhood club Barcelona on a free transfer. Normally, signing the best player in the world would constitute a successful summer for any club but the Parisians didn’t stop there. In addition to signing Messi, the Paris-based club also signed world-class talents in Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi, Euro winner Gigi Donarumma, talented Dutchman Gini Wijnaldum, and Portuguese wonder-kid Nuno Mendes.

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The scariest aspect is that they are adding these players to an already world-class roster with players like Neymar, Kylian Mbaape, and Marquinhos to name a few.

How scary is this duo? PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 19: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe look on during a Paris Saint-Germain training session at Ooredoo Center on August 19, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

Having the best team doesn’t guarantee a Champions league, Ronaldo warns PSG

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On paper, it is hard to name a better team than PSG after the addition of Messi. Their transfer strategy has been akin to the Galacticos of Real Madrid. A star of the Galacticos, Brazilian legend Ronaldo recently spoke to AS where he shared his thoughts on who will win the Champions League this season.

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It is still too early to say who will win the Champions League,” he said. “Paris Saint Germain is in pole position, but there are many factors that influence the game. I played for Real Madrid for almost five seasons, in the Galacticos team (with the likes of Zidane, Beckham, and Figo) and I never won the Champions League”. He signed off by sharing a beautiful statement on how dreams and wins cannot be bought. “Winning is never mathematical, even if you have the best on your team. It also applies to PSG.”

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While Ronaldo’s statement is absolutely correct that no team can be a guaranteed Champions League winner, it is hard to argue against PSG being one of the favorites for the title. Let’s see if Messi can bring home the coveted trophy to his new club.

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