Cristiano Ronaldo makes a decision on Lionel Messi Copa Libertadores Final invite for Watching live from Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo has been invited to the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate by former club Real Madrid; despite jumping ship to Juventus back in the summer.
The 33-year-old was also asked to attend alongside fierce rival Lionel Messi in recognition of the duo’s exploits over the past decade or so.
The Copa Libertadores final second leg is being played at the Bernabeu after scenes of violence broke out over in Argentina.
And the Daily Mail says Ronaldo will NOT be attending, having snubbed the offer to return.
The Juventus forward is in action against Inter Milan on Friday.
Messi, meanwhile, will be part of the Barcelona side who face Espanyol in the Catalan derby the next day.
Ronaldo, however, has reportedly decided to watch the match between Boca and River in Turin.
Messi, the Daily Mail says, will supposedly attend.
Given the fact he is Argentina captain, the Barcelona star’s decision to accept Perez’s invite is no surprise.
Ronaldo, though, may have an ulterior motive for refusing to go.
Speaking a month ago, the Juventus star opened up on his relationship with Florentino Pérez (President of Real Madrid) while at Real Madrid.
And what he said was far from complimentary.
“I felt it inside the club, especially from the president; that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start,” he said.
“In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less afterward.
“The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them if you know what I mean.
“That’s what made me think about leaving.
“Sometimes I’d look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave. There was a bit of that but the truth is I always had the impression the president would not hold me back.
“If it had all been about money, I’d have moved to China, where I would have earned five times as much than here [at Juventus] or at Real.
“I did not come to Juve for the money. I earned the same in Madrid, if not more. The difference is that, at Juve, they really wanted me. They told me that and made it clear. They showed me that.
“The truth is that the president wanted me but, at the same time; he made it known to me that my departure would not constitute a problem.”