Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the former Manchester United Striker has criticised the challenge thrown by Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi to come to Italy and test himself in another league.
Ronaldo left Real Madrid after nine years in the summer, to sign for Juventus, which all but ended his long-term rivalry with Messi.
The Portuguese said: “I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more.
“For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge.
Ibrahimovic was quoted by Voetbal Nieuws as saying: “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?”
Meanwhile, Messi has already responded to Ronaldo challenging him to sign for an Italian team.
Messi said: “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.”