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Revealed: Lionel Messi role in ‘suspicious’ Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd exit 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to quit Manchester United has been cited as a “suspicious”,  caused by Lionel Messi.

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Ronaldo wants to surpass his old opponent as the highest scorers in Champions League history.

The revelation that the Portuguese superstar wants to depart this summer stunned United on Saturday.

According to the Times, the decision is motivated by a desire to remain in Europe’s elite club competition.

United finished sixth in the Premier League last season and will so compete in the Europa League next season.

However, Cascarino believes that Ronaldo’s desire to leave Old Trafford is not just motivated by the Champions League.

With 141 goals, Ronaldo is presently 16 goals ahead of Messi as the competition’s all-time leading scorer. Cascarino believes he does not want to risk falling behind Messi by sitting out a season.

He told talkSPORT: “I said to you off air I’m a bit suspicious because he’s got 141 goals in the Champions League, Lionel Messi’s got 125.

“He doesn’t not want to play Champions League football because he wants to be the greatest Champions League goalscorer of all time. That’s how Ronaldo’s made.”

Cascarino also says Ronaldo is not a good fit for an unsuccessful team, suggesting United would be better off without him. He continued: “Ronaldo as a player has always had an ego where a lot of it’s about him, but teams have been successful.

“So you always go with that as a team. Yeah great, he scores all his goals, he gets the accolades, he’s one of the greatest to have played the game, you can have all that.

“And that’s fine, as long as you’re winning. But when you don’t win, now you’ve got a problem.”

Ronaldo has expressed his delight at the club’s selection of Erik ten Hag as manager. In May, he told the United website: “What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach.

“Things need to change the way he wants. I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.

“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well. I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.”

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