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Jose Fonte has jokingly tried to get Cristiano Ronaldo to sign for Lille following Lionel Messi's stunning move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi has officially completed his blockbuster free transfer to PSG.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner will ply his trade in Ligue 1 after dominating La Liga over the course of his professional career.
While the thought of Messi playing in France's top flight is exciting, Fonte is well aware of the attack PSG now possess ahead of the new season.
He even jokingly messaged his Portugal teammate Ronaldo about joining Lille to help them combat Messi and Co.
The Portuguese defender told talkSPORT: "I feel great. I feel great because it's incredible to hear a player like Lionel Messi is in French football in our league.
"It's exciting. Obviously in terms of competitors it's going to be even harder for us but we're up for a challenge - I'm texting Cristiano to come to Lille every day! He's only replied 'ha ha ha.'"
Fonte added: "Imagine if we keep a clean sheet against them [Messi, Neymar and Mbappe]! It will just value us even more even if we do it.
"Incredible front three. Are they going to defend? I don't know. It will be interesting to see the competitiveness of the league this year.
"I want to touch on another aspect though. I just want to understand the Financial Fair Play in France.
"Every single club is restricting their spending. They can't buy a lot, they can't get players on big wages but then PSG comes and it looks like there's no law."
Messi has reached an agreement on a lucrative two-year, with an option to extend until June 2024.
How will the former Barcelona star fare at PSG? Let us know what you think.
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