Cristiano Ronaldo future unaffected by Messi's PSG move - Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci says Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo would have remained in Turin even if PSG had not moved for Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi's imminent Paris Saint-Germain move has had no bearing on Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Juventus, says the Portugal forward's club-mate Leonardo Bonucci.
Messi set to join PSG after Barcelona exit
Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is expected to complete a move to PSG this week after bringing an end to his 21-year association with Barcelona.
French giants PSG have previously been linked with fellow superstar forward Ronaldo, who is now into the final 12 months of his contract with Juve.
With any path to the Parc des Princes now effectively being cut off by Messi's arrival, Ronaldo looks set to stay in Turin for at least the next year.
Ronaldo would have stayed at Juventus anyway - Bonucci
However, Bonucci insists the shock transfer involving Messi has had no bearing on where Ronaldo will play his football this coming season.
"I think that Cristiano would have stayed even if Messi had not gone to PSG," the Juve defender told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"For us, it's an added value and I'm sure that this year, more than in past years, he will help us reach all of our goals."
Since Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, only Robert Lewandowski (103) has scored more goals in all competitions than the 36-year-old's 73 among players in Europe's top five leagues.
Ronaldo's 83 goal involvements over this period rank fourth behind Lewandowski (121), Messi (106) and Kylian Mbappé (97).
Despite Ronaldo enjoying another prolific season in front of goal, Juve finished fourth in Serie A in 2020-21.
Bonucci determined to wrest Serie A title from Inter's grasp
And Bonucci, who played a starring role in Italy's Euro 2020 triumph, is aiming to win back the title from Inter when the new season begins in a little under two weeks' time.
"We want to bring the Scudetto back home, there is no point in hiding that," he said.
"When you play for Juventus, that has to be the objective for the season, just like having a great Champions League campaign and fighting on all fronts.
"Personally, though, my goal is to continue my form from the Euros, where I played a major role, and do that again with Juventus."
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