Just one day before the Champions League game between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the magazine France Football has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo was close to signing for the Ligue 1 runners-up in 2012. They say there are witnesses that saw various messages the Portuguese player sent to a friend expressing his desire to move to PSG.
According to the report, Ronaldo felt back then that Madrid wouldn't help him continue being the best, both in team competitions and in terms of individual awards. In addition, he was angry at the club's president, Florentino Perez, who he believed did not treat him as he deserved.
Aware of the PSG interest and the club's economic power, he sent various messages to a friend. "I want to go to Paris," he wrote at first. "They really want me there. The French will be happy for me to play in their championship and the media will campaign in my favour for the Ballon d'Or," he added.
At that time, France Football had also revealed the Barcelona campaign for Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or, which had hurt Ronaldo, given he felt that Madrid were not doing the same for him.