Players that have played with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi amid Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United links
Frenkie de Jong could join an illustrious group of players that have played with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during their careers.
The Dutch international has been linked with a big-money reunion with his compatriot and former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at Manchester United this summer.
The 25-year-old rose to prominence under Ten Hag during his time in Amsterdam, and he was a vital part of the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, before signing for Barcelona in a deal worth £65m.
But with cash-strapped Barcelona needing to raise cash to sign players this summer, De Jong could be the biggest name that is put up for sale at the Nou Camp.
The talented midfielder played alongside Messi in Spain before the Argentine’s shock switch to Paris Saint Germain, and if he joined the Red Devils, he would get the opportunity to play alongside Ronaldo, who Ten Hag can’t wait to work with.
Amid rumours of De Jong heading to the Theatre of Dreams this summer, United in Focus has put together an XI of active players that have played alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during their careers.
This includes club and country.
Players that have played with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
The Costa Rican spent five trophy-laden years at the Santiago Bernabeu arriving from Levante in the summer of 2014.
Navas played alongside Ronaldo when Madrid won the Champions League thee years in a row from 2016 to 2018.
Following the arrival of Thibaut Courtois in the Spanish capital, Navas became Madrid’s second choice and moved to Paris Saint Germain in 2019.
Navas has been in the French capital for three years and has played alongside Messi for a full season. But with Gianluigi Donnarumma now providing competition, Navas could well be on the move again this summer to secure regular first-team football.
The pacey attack-minded Moroccan full-back only played eight Real Madrid games alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but the 23-year-old is undeniably one of the most adventurous right-backs across Europe.
After winning the Serie A title at Inter Milan under the stewardship of Antonio Conte last season, PSG splashed out £60m to bring the African to France last summer.
Messi joined Mauricio Pochettino’s side later in the window, but after the disappointment of their Champions League collapse, Hakimi and Messi will be hoping for better fortunes next season.
The Spanish serial winner was at Real Madrid for 16 years following his move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Sevilla 16 years ago.
Ramos and Ronaldo were integral parts of Zidane’s winning machine that dominated Europe for years.
But Ramos brought an end to his time in his homeland and joined PSG as a free agent last summer where he was reunited with Messi.
The pair had been enemies for years, but they have been teammates at the Parc des Princes in what has been a frustrating year for Ramos, which has been plagued with injuries.
After coming through the La Masia academy, Pique played alongside Ronaldo on 15 occasions following his move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Reds in 2004.
Pique moved back to Barcelona in 2008 and he’s been at the heart of Blaugrana’s defence ever since.
The 35-year-old has won the biggest prizes in football and he had the privilege of playing alongside Messi for 13 years and winning the Champions League three times together.
The Wolves full-back played 124 times for Barcelona following his move from Benfica in 2017.
Semedo spent three years in Catalonia before moving to the Black Country after being signed by Nuno Espirito Santo.
With 24 caps for the Portugal national team to his name, Semedo completes our backline for players that have played with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Brazilian international left his native country to join Barcelona in 2018 and he spent two years playing alongside Messi at the Nou Camp.
But the 25-year-old was then involved in a deal which saw Miralem Pjanic leave Juventus and head to Barcelona, with Arthur moving in the opposite direction where he spent one season with Ronaldo in Turin
The move hasn’t worked out for either of Barcelona and Juventus.
The Bosnian didn’t have the best of relationships with Ronald Koeman and that resulted in Pjanic being frozen out by the Dutch legend, while he was in charge at the Nou Camp.
Pjanic won back-to-back Serie A titles alongside Ronaldo during their time together with the Old Lady.
The 32-year-old has spent the season on loan at Turkish giants Besiktas, but the ball-playing midfielder is due to return to Xavi’s Barcelona in pre-season.
Angel di Maria
The Argentine has played alongside Messi for his national side for several years and the pair have played together for the first time at a club with PSG this season.
Di Maria’s contract with the Parisians expires at the end of next month, and he spent four years with Ronaldo at Madrid.
But after being named man of the match in the 2014 Champions League final, Di Maria was sold to Manchester United only a few months later due to James Rodriguez heading to Madrid.
Dybala has only played alongside Messi 12 times for his country and that’s largely been down to the pair playing in the same free role, in-behind the striker.
The 28-year-old played with the Portuguese superstar for three seasons in Turin before Ronaldo returned to Manchester United last summer.
The former Palermo man, who possesses a wand of a left foot, will leave Juventus as a free agent this summer after seven years with the club.
The 38-year-old hasn’t officially called time on his playing career, but he has been a free agent since leaving Boca Juniors in July last year.
Tevez played 47 times alongside Messi for the Argentinian national side, and he formed a deadly trio with Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United for two years under Sir Alex.
With Tevez and Rooney doing Ronaldo’s running, the trio helped Manchester United win the Champions League and Premier League in 2008 before winning the league again the year later.
In the same summer that Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid (2009), Tevez joined United’s rivals Manchester City.
That golden chance in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany will likely always be replayed in Higuain and Messi’s mind.
What if Higuain had shown better composure? Would Argentina have gone on to win?
Higuain spent six years at Real Madrid having arrived from River Plate and he played alongside Ronaldo both with Los Blancos and Juventus.
The 34-year-old, who in his pomp was one of the best number nines around, is currently playing under Phil Neville for David Beckham’s Inter Miami in the MLS.