Watford boss Claudio Ranieri makes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi transfer plea

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Watford manager Claudio Ranieri made some ambitious transfer requests during Thursday’s press conference, primarily including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Hornets are preparing to host Manchester United this weekend, and victory could spell very bad news indeed for opposition manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Ranieri is still searching for Watford’s consistent recipe for success after suffering three defeats in his first four games as boss. 

Eyebrows were raised when the Hornets sacked Xisco Munoz in the first place, so the Italian could quickly find himself under extra pressure if he is unable to turn the team’s fortunes around. 

A tough assignment against Man Utd awaits on Saturday, although Watford may be able to draw some optimism from the visitors’ poor recent form. 

The one win in Ranieri’s first few games in charge was a shock 5-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park, so Ranieri certainly knows how to spring a surprise. 

Something else surprising would be the arrival of either Ronaldo or Messi at Vicarage Road. 

That did not stop Ranieri shooting his shot though. After all, Ranieri does boast more Premier League titles than his opposite number in the United dugout. 

“Cristiano is one of the best players in the world. He’s good for football because a lot of young boys look up to him,” he said.

“Give me Cristiano, please. It’s no problem for me. I’ll let him play all the minutes!”

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