A bright news which enlightened the hearts of millions of football fans last night was when French outfit Paris Saint Germain announced their winter tour to the Middle east. The Qatar backed club announced their tour to the Middle East yesterday which will see them go against a mixed team of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal players.
This month Ronaldo VS Messi .
who is going to win, The Last Dance. pic.twitter.com/vbj9Ixn6zL
— Nathan Niguse (@Nathan_playz931) January 8, 2023
Al-Nassr’s latest signing Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to make his possible debut at Saudi Arabia against PSG. If the 37-year-old plays against the French champions then we can possibly see the final encounter between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
PSG vs Mighty Al-Nassr
World Champion vs Instagram D'or Holder❤ pic.twitter.com/RNWZCMBoM8
— Joy Banik🔱 (@Joybanikjb) January 9, 2023
PSG will travel to Doha and then Riyadh on January 17th before they face Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal’s combined 11 on the following day (January 19). The Ligue 1 leaders announced their annual winter tour to the Middle east and this friendly will see a lot of viewership and also transform the situation of football in the region.
This match is also taking place on the back of a successful FIFA World cup 2022 at Qatar where Argentina became 3-time World champions. Lionel Messi, who was the captain of the Argentine team will be on display once again for the fans in the Middle east region and when he is facing Cristiano Ronaldo, fans will turn up in numbers.
Lionel Messi leading the pitchside celebrations and dancing with the World Cup trophy.🕺🏆 pic.twitter.com/xMu7UNTqtJ
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) December 19, 2022
When the two legends will collide on January 19, fans will be reminiscing the days when both of them used to buckle up for the El Clasico. They had an extremely fierce rivalry at that time in La Liga and it will be for the first time since 2020 that Ronaldo’s team will lock horns with Messi’s.
At age 30, 33 , 35, 37 , 40 some players retire, others go to MLS, Qatar, some go to Saudi Arabia for money
Then there is Lionel Messi at age 35
World Cup winner, 2nd WC top scorer 7gs,scorer in every round and 2 in the final. Top Assister. 5/7MOTM. Best player pic.twitter.com/LAkFd7diA3
— PRESIDER 🇦🇷 (@iam_presider) January 7, 2023
Rudi Garcia who will be in-charge of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal’s mixed 11 spoke on their clash against PSG, expressed his thoughts about the match and indicated towards Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible debut.
Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia on the upcoming friendly vs PSG:
“Cristiano Ronaldo will first serve his suspension before playing his first match in the Saudi Pro League but he might make his debut in the Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal match against PSG.” 🇵🇹⚔️ pic.twitter.com/5orFljtGFN
— PSG Report (@PSG_Report) January 9, 2023
“It won’t be with the Al Nassr jersey. It will be a mix between Al Hilal and Al Nassr. As the coach of Al Nassr, I cannot be happy with this match. For development, to see PSG, to see the great Parisian players, indeed it is a good thing. But we have a championship game three days later.” – he further added
“In terms of scheduling, it could have been better thought out. But it’s not a big deal … We are in the lead, we are happy. It is a difficult championship to win, but we intend to do it.