BC-SOC--Spain Spotlight-Messi and Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

And, in a way, he's done that.

At Barcelona he was guaranteed major trophies and the chance to win the Champions League every season.

In 1998 Real Madrid finished in fourth place in LaLiga, behind FC Barcelona, who won the title ahead of Basque duo, Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Sociedad.

"The investment has been huge and is continuing". And he isn't Messi.

"The people who are part of this project can change". Many videos of the players partying and dancing circulated on social media.

PSG gave up the lead to lose the first leg of their round-of-16 tie 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu last month.

Despite spending since Qatar's takeover exceeding the $1 billion mark, he has now watched the club he presides over fail to make the semifinals of the competition he so desperately wants to win for a sixth consecutive season. I was surprised and angry.

"We enjoy the Champions League, we are focused and we are going to give 100 per cent throughout the tournament".

With Marco Asensio and Isco both hitting the post in the second half for Real, the visitors more than deserved their win on the night, as well as in the tie. Having come close with a header moments earlier, Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, heading in a Lucas Vazquez cross for his third goal in the tie.

At the age of 33, Ronaldo seems merely to be getting warmed up. He used all the right words to entice me into believing it was possible.

But in the meantime another period of soul-searching will begin for PSG and their Qatari owners.

Banners around the ground encouraged the team and some fans had already taken matters into their own hands.

Before the next 46 minutes were out, Ronaldo had scored his 100th and 101st goals for Madrid in the Champions League to leave PSG on the brink of exit.

PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has repeated on a number of occasions that the player is not for sale but it has emerged that for a fee of 400 million the Ligue 1 side would be prepared to let the striker return to LaLiga. This league is not over yet.

In global terms, they remain a smallish blot on the landscape; one almost entirely dominated by the red clubs of England, the boys from Bayern and the two enduring juggernauts from Spain, one of which took PSG to school yesterday. "Bale is important but so are other players". Is a move to Real inevitable?

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