Spanish newspaper jokes that Cristiano Ronaldo has 'offered himself to Barcelona and contacted Xavi'

A SPANISH NEWSPAPER has hilariously joked that Cristiano Ronaldo has offered himself to Barcelona as he is unhappy at Manchester United.

The Portuguese superstar, they claimed, contacted Barca centre-back Gerard Pique and asked him to speak to Nou Camp boss Xavi about a move.

But not is all as it seems.

Spain celebrate their equivalent of April Fool's Day on December 28 and Mundo Deportivo dreamed up the incredible story as a prank.

The report suggested his agent Jorge Mendes was already negotiating terms with Barca president Joan Laporta.

It said Ronnie was aware the cash-strapped Catalans are looking for a goalscorer.

And so he contacted Xavi 'a few days ago' after an introduction by his former United team-mate Pique.

Several high-profile Barca execs were said to have thought the transfer of the Real Madrid legend was a joke when they first heard.

The story hilariously added that Pique even asked Lionel Messi if his arch-nemesis could rent his house from him if Ronaldo joined.

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The joke was perfectly timed with Ronaldo cutting an unhappy figure at Manchester United.

After his side only managed a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, he stormed straight down the tunnel without acknowledging the travelling fans.

Red Devils legend Gary Neville was fuming with his old pal over the snub.

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Ronaldo most recently played at the Nou Camp with Juventus last year.

He scored two penalties taking his total number of career goals against Barcelona to a staggering 34.

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