Anzhi Makhachkala: Will Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Move to Russia?

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IMarch 17, 2012

Anzhi Makhachkala
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Roberto Carlos (who is the assistant for Anzhi Makhachkala, whose owner is Suleyman Kerimov) revealed that the Russian Premier League club will try to sign Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona when their contracts with their respective clubs expire.

He commented about Messi and Ronaldo in an interview with Radio Marca to ESPN Soccernet. The reason is the star power in both La Liga players.

During the interview, Roberto Carlos said that Anzhi has no preference about the signing, but the club will attempt to sign Ronaldo and Messi, anyways.

What is the possibility of Messi and Ronaldo signing with Anzhi with an unimaginable salary?

It is time to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a move to Russia for the two stars of La Liga.


Lionel Messi

Roberto Carlos told CNN that Suleyman Kerimov  wanted to sign Messi, Samuel Eto'o, or Neymar during the 2011 Summer Transfer Window

Messi could give Anzhi the same energy he did in FC Barcelona.

Messi has won numerous trophies for La Blaugrana in the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and the UEFA Europa Cup. He participated in the Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup for Barca, as well.

The recent success of Messi, though, was in the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen.

During the match, Messi scored five of the seven goals that gave FC Barcelona the victory over Bayer Leverkusen in this crucial match.

Messi has graced the cover of Time Magazine throughout the world with the exception of the US Edition. He is also one of the few football players who is down to earth off and on the field.

Who could forget how Messi praised and gave credit to Pep Guardiola (FC Barcelona manager) for La Blaugrana's victories?  Only positive things can come from Messi Signing with the Russians.

Will Messi move from Spain and FC Barcelona to Russia and Anzhi Makhachkala? Messi has stated in an article published in ESPN that he wishes to remain with Barca until he retires.


Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo may sign with Anzhi in the future. In an interview with , Ronaldo praised Russian Football and said that the possibility exists of him in Russia in the future. 

Ronaldo is currently engaged to his Russian born girlfriend Irina Shayk. The idea of Ronaldo in Russia appears to be lucrative.

The downside of Ronaldo in Russia is that he expressed a desire to return to the EPL (English Premier League). Ronaldo's nostalgia for the EPL was published in The Mail on February 5 2012.

Ronaldo can also be demanding with clubs wanting his services, such as Manchester City. The Metro has published an article stating that Cristiano Ronaldo will possibly sign with Manchester City in the year 2011.

In the article, Ronaldo allegedly demanded £150 million (roughly $237,650,000) from Manchester City fas a signing bid with £400,000 (roughly $633,800) in salary per week. Ronaldo also asked Manchester City for the captain's shirt and the number 7.

Manchester City denied that any deal with Ronaldo was in the works during the year 2011. The latest information about Ronaldo, published in Talk Sport,   has him deciding that he will remain with Real Madrid.



One factor that will influence any future move is the UEFA Financial Fair Play Act which changed the rules of football. It remains to be seen what Messi and Ronaldo will do in the future since there are factors which can change.