Incredible theory about why Cristiano Ronaldo might want to join Man Utd to renew fierce rivalry with Lionel Messi

CRISTIANO RONALDO reportedly fancies a move to Manchester United… because of Lionel Messi.

A new theory on the Portuguese star's next destination has excited fans hoping for a final showdown between the legendary players.

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According to journalist Christian Martin, United bosses have already begun talks with Juventus over the forward.

The ball is said to be in Ronaldo's court and, should he fancy a return to Manchester, Juve could try and thrash out a deal.

It has been widely reported that the Old Lady could be tempted into a sale amid the coronavirus pandemic's financial crisis.

And, via El Grafico, Martin has revealed why Ronaldo may want to sign for an English team.

The theory suggests that the 35-year-old believes Messi will leave Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer.

The Argentine would then sign for Manchester City, a move he was rumoured to be interested in earlier this year.

Should Messi head to Etihad Stadium, Ronaldo is reportedly open to the idea of joining rivals United and sparking a fresh duel with his long-term nemesis.

Like most transfer theories, this one may prove too good to be true but fans can dream nonetheless.

While Ronaldo played for Real Madrid, he and Messi took part in a fierce battle over the LaLiga title for almost a decade.

The Portugal international won a pair of league titles in that period, while Barcelona scooped six.

Messi also comes out on top in Ballon d'Or crowns, with six to Ronaldo's five, although the Juventus man has the edge in Champions League trophies – five to four.

A coronavirus diagnosis prevented Ronaldo from facing the Argentine earlier in the season but they are expected to face off when Juve take on Barcelona next month.

It promises to be the pair's 34th meeting, with Messi ahead by 15 wins to nine and 21 goals to 18.

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