Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken a dig at Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for saying that he joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the 2018 transfer window because he needed a new 'challenge'.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or, ended his nine-year long association with Blancos by signing for the Turin club for a record 100 million pounds. He termed his decision to join the Italian champions as a challenge he wanted to explore.
But Ibrahimovic isn't impressed with Ronaldo's explanation, stating that had the former Manchester United player joined a Seria B club or a weaker team, then it could have been a challenge for him.
"Cristiano is talking about new challenges, he calls it a challenge to move to a club where it is already normal to win the Serie A. Why did he not choose a club from a second division a few years ago? Try to become a champion with such a second-division champion and lead them to the highest level, which is a challenge. It is bulls***, moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all," he was quoted by Fox Sports.
Earlier in 2018, Ronaldo had issued a similar challenge to his rival and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, asking the Argentine to follow his path and try playing in Italy. In his interview to an Italian media, CR7 had mentioned that given he has played in a number of different countries, which includes Spain, England, Portugal and now Italy, Messi should also contemplate doing the same.
"I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he's still in Spain. I'd like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he's happy there then I respect that," he said.
But Messi responded by saying that he had no such intentions, and is more than happy to stay at his boyhood club, which according to him is the best club in the world, and create further records.
"Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change," Messi added while speaking to Marca.