Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo nearly had £90m mega-match at Wembley in 2017, including hand-picked… – talkSPORT

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Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is one of football’s greatest ever long-standing debates.
Now, it’s been revealed the pair actually came very close to having a dedicated face off at Wembley back in 2017 – and the plan was to make it a biennial affair.
The home of football was set to host the mega-money tie
Both Messi and Ronaldo are entering the twilight years of their careers, with them both now over the age of 35.
However, rewind to five years ago, and the former Ballon d’Or winners almost agreed to putting their rivalry to the test in what would’ve been a £90million All-Stars match at Wembley.
According to information revealed in the new book ‘Messi vs Ronaldo‘, as reported by The Sun, former dotcom multi-millionaire and City of London wheeler-dealer Robert Bonnier approached the footballing greats with the idea in 2014.
Messi was playing with Barcelona still at the time, whilst Ronaldo was at Real Madrid.
And the pair’s frequent meetings in El Clasico inspired Bonnier to set up a biennial game between Team Ronaldo and Team Messi – with both teams hand-picked by the respective players.
With a proposed budget of £90m, the two parties were interested.
The game would’ve been played in the years outside the World Cups and European Championships
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had a similar idea earlier this season, as he suggested a North vs. South All-Star game in England
Long established in the US within sports such as baseball, basketball and the Major League Soccer, Bonnier’s All-Star game would have included bands, laser shows and even a boxing prize fight.
However, the mega-money match never materialised, with the number of invested parties and politics involved in football posing as stumbling blocks.
It’s understood Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted £21m for any of his stars to be involved.
Getting both Fifa and Uefa on side would also have been costly, too.
David Piper, who was the TV producer hired by Bonnier to make it happen, said: “An All-Star game is the last great frontier for football. We were very close.”
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