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Barca 'rule out' Ronaldo move

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Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed suggestions the club may one day try and sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese international is currently inspiring Real Madrid towards a push for the La Liga title, with Los Blancos holding a six point lead over their great Catalan rivals with the first 'El Clasico' just eight days away.

But, whilst the former Manchester United star could prove to be the difference between a fourth successive title coming to the Nou Camp and not, Bartomeu insists Pep Guardiola's side have no need to add Ronaldo.

"We would not bring him [here]," he told Catalunya Radio.

"He is a very good footballer, a big star, but there is currently no place for him in this team.

"We [already] have the best player in the world - it's Leo Messi and he is irreplaceable."

Elsewhere at Barcelona, and defender Gerard Pique has been cleared to play against Real Madrid after avoiding further action for his yellow card picked up in the 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

The Spanish international was booked for time-wasting, and could have been punished further if found to have intentionally got booked in order to miss this Saturday's clash against Levante.

However, the Spanish authorities have seen things in favour of Pique, with the fifth booking set to stand and just one match be missed.

"We were winning and he was trying to waste time. I'm sorry that he cannot play this Saturday against Levante, which is a very important game," added Bartomeu.

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