Cristiano Ronaldo set to reject chance to watch Copa Libertadores final with Lionel Messi


For the first time since 2007, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi were awarded the Ballon d’Or trophy.

Instead, it went to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.

Ronaldo did come second in the vote but, rather astonishingly, Messi finished fifth.

While there was no reunion between Ronaldo and Messi on the Ballon d’Or podium, Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has proposed a reunion this weekend.

With the Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors set to be played at the Bernabeu on Sunday, Perez is planning to sit Ronaldo and Messi together in the presidential box.

Both Ronaldo and Messi have applied to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for tickets for the clash, with RFEF saying: "The presence of Cristiano and Messi would be a wonderful message for football, and it would put both players in a setting where they deserve to be.”


However, despite applying for a ticket, it seems Ronaldo might not be attending after all.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Cristiano will reject the chance to sit next to Messi and watch the match due to his relationship with Real Madrid.

"Cristiano would be delighted to accept the RFEF's invitation and watch the game alongside Messi in the VIP lounge but the wounds of his exit have not completely healed over," a source told AS.


Both RFEF and CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body, agreed with Perez’s gesture of respect for the two players.

Ronaldo will be playing for Juventus on Friday evening against Inter Milan so would be free to travel to Madrid over the weekend.

But, at the moment, it looks as though Ronaldo will decline.

Let’s hope he changes his mind, though, because it would be great to see the two greatest players in the last decade sitting next to each other, chatting and enjoy the Copa Libertadores final.

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