PSG chief covets Messi, Ronaldo
Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has told Marca he would like to have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his team, although he admits moves would be unlikely at the present time.
The club’s recent spending spree on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva is getting tongues wagging as to the next big-name acquisition and the uncertainty over the future of Ronaldo makes him an obvious target for the club’s first non-French chairman Al-Khelaifi.
“Well, some of the best players in the world are already here but obviously we're here to win titles. It's clear this is a bridge we need to cross for big names to follow,” Al Khelaifi said in an interview with the Madrid-based sports newspaper.
“I saw the highlights of both Madrid and Barcelona's matches, they are the best and my favourites. We learn from them.
“They (Ronaldo and Messi) are the two best players in the world and it would be great to have them both in your team. They have a unique charm. I like them both.”
While players of such star quality are a long-term target, Al-Khelaifi denied his club had any part in the recent sulk by Ronaldo, saying it was better to keep a club like Madrid on-side.
“I'm not going to talk about other club's players. I respect Madrid and Florentino (Perez) is a great chairman. It's too soon to talk about Ronaldo. He's very professional.
“If Cristiano is sad it's not because we've been in touch with him. If we were interested we would speak to Madrid first.
“They have the best players and it's good for us to have a good relationship with them and the rest of the clubs. Our project is also based on respecting other clubs. We're going to respect football.”
Al-Khelaifi insisted his club were looking to reach those heights though, and while they are on target for their five-year plan, he is very aware that money is no guarantee to success on the European stage.
“We've still some way to go to reach the top. We're talking about a five-year project but we'll get there. First we have to win the league and be competitive in Europe.
“Money helps, but it doesn't mean success. We have money in Qatar, but we don't want to spend it like crazy. The players we've signed are on the same salaries as they were in their old clubs.”