On January 19 in Riyadh, a friendly game between Paris Saint-Germain and Al Nassr might pit World Cup champion Lionel Messi against Al Nassr’s newly acquired star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s debut in Saudi Arabia will be with an exhibition team in a friendly match against Paris Saint-Germain, which could put him against Messi, according to Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia.
The English FA has given the Portuguese star a two-match ban for snatching a fan’s phone after Manchester United’s loss at Everton in April 2022.
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Ronaldo’s eagerly awaited debut will now likely occur on January 19 in a showcase game against PSG in Riyadh as a result of the delay.
Garcia voiced regret over the friendly, which will feature players from both Al Nassr and Al Hilal, stating they had another home game to play three days after the scheduled friendlies because of domestic fixtures.
Garcia said, “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
“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.”
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It’s difficult for fans to choose between Ronaldo and Messi because both have achieved professional triumphs that make it impossible to do so.
While Messi has won the coveted Ballon d’Or award seven times, more than any other player, Ronaldo has only won it five times.
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