Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo would like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to meet in La Liga before both players retire.
Messi has been repeatedly linked with a return to Barcelona, with whom he spent 21 years before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in August 2021.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, spent nine trophy-full seasons at Real Madrid before playing for Juventus, Manchester United and now Saudi side Al Nasr.
Although Ronaldo’s return to Spain’s top flight has been little talked about, Cerezo believes that if the two superstar forwards return one day, it will benefit the league.
“It would seem fantastic to me if Messi returned to the league, like Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said during Sunday’s tennis tournament final in Barcelona.
“Both are still playing and it would be great if they came back.”
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Cerezo spoke ahead of Atlético’s 1-0 loss to Barcelona, leaving Diego Simeone’s team 16 points behind leaders and five points behind second-placed Real Madrid.
Yannick Carrasco has played a full role at Atlético, though he could be at Barcelona next season as the Catalan giants have the option of signing a versatile winger.
“Yannik is a very good player, fantastic,” Cerezo said when asked about Carrasco’s future.
“In the world of football, there are people who want to achieve a lot and don’t get it, and others who don’t want anything and get it. I don’t know (what’s next).”