Cristiano Ronaldo recently signed a contract with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia for two and a half years that is thought to be worth more than 200 million euros. The 37-year-old’s with Manchester United was terminated as a result of a contentious interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan in which he criticised the club’s hierarchy and manager Erik ten Hag.
With the transfer, Ronaldo’s disappointing European career came to an end after he was unable to sign with a UEFA Champions League team. Additionally, it indicated the potential end of any Champions League confrontations between Ronaldo and his bitter rival Lionel Messi, who is currently playing for PSG. However, it appears that Ronaldo’s Portugal team, which lost in the Qatari quarterfinals, will be up against the 2022 World Cup victor. PSG will take on a Saudi all-star XI comprised of players from Al-Hilal and Al Nassr on January 19 as part of a midseason tour.
As their star signing has already missed one game for Al Nassr, he is now qualified to face Ettifaq on January 22. However, because the exhibition game is not a FIFA-sanctioned event, it is not subject to the ban.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi
The match between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, which may be their final meeting, will be eagerly anticipated by football fans around the world. Between the two players, who are widely regarded as the greatest of all time, a fierce personal rivalry and respect have grown.
Since they were representing Juventus and Barcelona in December 2020, this will be the first time the two biggest names in football have played together on the same field.
Since then, Ronaldo has changed clubs twice and added 10 million Instagram followers to Al Nassr’s account, while Messi has helped Argentina win the World Cup and Copa America. Read More: Gareth Bale Announces Retirement from Professional Football
Rudi Garcia is not happy about Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut
“It [his debut] won’t be with the Al Nassr jersey,” Garcia told L’Équipe.
“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 in three days.
“In terms of scheduling, it could have been better thought out. But it’s not a big deal. We are in the lead, and we are happy. It is a difficult championship to win, but we intend to do it.”
PSG also announced their statement
It says: “Paris Saint-Germain will travel to Doha and Riyadh on January 18 and 19. This tour will be an opportunity for the Parisians to meet their Qatari and MENA supporters, and train in the iconic Khalifa Stadium. Read More: Owners of Paris Saint-Germain are interested in investing in a Premier League team
“The team will fly out on January 17 to Doha then travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to play against an all-star XI from Saudi top clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr.
“The match will be held at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh on January 19th. The team will fly back after the game to Paris.”
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