Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo is all set to return to the pitch after almost 2 months since the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He will not exactly represent his new club Al-Nassr but the Saudi All-Star XI which will play a friendly against French giants Paris Saint Germain.
— Le Fennec (@DZLeFennec) January 10, 2023
After wait of 2 long years, fans will be able to witness Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi collide against each other probably for the last time. No one saw this coming especially after Ronaldo’s infamous exit from European football. His contract with Manchester United was terminated after his comments about the club.
🎙️ Piers Morgan "If it was just about money, you'd be in Saudi Arabia earning this king's ransom, but that's not what motivates you. You want to stay at the top."
🎙️ Cristiano Ronaldo "𝗘𝘅𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆." pic.twitter.com/RUJQpPDVIG
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 2, 2023
The 37-year-old could not make his much awaited Al-Nassr debut as he was serving a 3-match ban from the FA due to his actions after losing a Premier League game against Everton. But he has served his ban and now he will get back to playing ways and his debut opponents could not have been any better.
He will take on a PSG side which consists of Superstars like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos among others. Messi and Mbappe are coming in hot after a wonderful World cup campaign a month ago. Both of them squared off at the WC final at the Lusail Stadium where Messi’s Argentina came out as World Champions for the 3rd time.
His upcoming meeting with Ronaldo will be blockbuster and both the legends of the game will hope for ending up on the score sheet. Leo Messi recently gripped the upper hand in the GOAT debate after winning the World cup while Ronaldo had a year to forget.
The greatest World Cup of all time. pic.twitter.com/UMGEL9LOAJ
— . (@MessiMagic___) January 16, 2023
After parting ways with Man United, Ronaldo joined Saudi Outfit Al-Nassr on a 2.5-year contract worth over USD 75 Million Dollars. His multi-million move was criticized heavily but for someone who has broken so many goal scoring records, it doesn’t affect too much.
💰 The money Cristiano Ronaldo will earn from Al-Nassr;
🔸 Year: 200 M €
🔸 Month: 16 M €
🔸 Week: 3.8 M €
🔸 Per hour: €
🔸 Per minute: 1,600 €
🔸 Per second: 26 €
— NaijaBet.com (@NaijaBet) December 5, 2022
Meanwhile, PSG will lock horns with a mixed Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal XI on January 19 as a part of their Middle-eastern mid-season tour.
🚨| On January 19, Riyadh will host an unusual friendly match: a team made up of players from Al-Nasr and Al-Hilal will play against PSG as part of the annual Riyadh Season festival. 🔥
Messi vs Ronaldo 🔥🔥
The Last Dance?? 👀 pic.twitter.com/fX1OFOa9bR
— Leo Messi Fanpage (@leoiimeessii) January 13, 2023
What are your thoughts on the match? Will it be the most tuned in game ever and break previous records?