Juventus approached Lionel Messi over a stunning move that would see him partner his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo

Serie A champions Juventus have sensationally entered the running to snap up Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, according to reports.

Italian giants will attempt to piece together a super-team of Lionel Messi and his historic challenger in the race to be named as the best player in the world Cristiano Ronaldo.

L’Equipe claim that a ‘discreet approach’ was made to Messi’s father, Jorge, to sound out the possibility of luring the 33-year-old to Turin.

Andrea Piro was recently unveiled as Maurizio Sarri’s shock successor and, according to the report from France, has instantly set himself lofty ambitions with Messi at the forefront.

The prospect of partnering Messi and Ronaldo, who boast 11 Ballon d’Or gongs between them, would certainly allow Juventus to push towards finally winning the Champions League.

Manchester City are still understood to be in pole position to snap up Messi should he leave Barcelona, with Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain also proving attractive propositions.

Barcelona insist an exit clause in his contract does not make him a free agent because the deadline passed in June for him to inform them about any wish to leave.

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