'Why hire Cristiano Ronaldo when we have Zlatan Ibrahimovic?': PSG distance themselves from Real Madrid striker


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Paris St Germain have distanced themselves from the possibility of a move for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal captain whipped up a media storm at the weekend when he suggested he was unhappy with life with the Spanish champions, and a who's who of Europe's big-hitters were quickly touted as possible suitors.

PSG were put alongside the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea as being interested in his signature, but according to sporting director Leonardo, his club are not looking to recruit the 27-year-old.

The former Brazil international also implied current forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a better player than Ronaldo, telling radio station RMC: "We're very happy with our transfer market dealings. Many things are said about PSG - too many, maybe.

"Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player. We don't talk about others teams' players - that's respect.

"Ibrahimovic is the best striker in the world. So why hire Ronaldo? Zlatan is unique. When we talk about the best players, there is Ronaldo and Messi - but they are not strikers. The best striker, that's Zlatan."

Talk of Ronaldo's unrest first came to light after he barely celebrated his two goals for Madrid against Granada at the weekend.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said: "I didn't celebrate the goals because I'm a little sad.

"The people inside the club know why it is. I'm not going to say anything more."

He has scored 150 goals in 149 matches for the club since moving from Manchester United.