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Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi set to face off in mid-season friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab
Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may face off in a friendly after the Portuguese superstar completed a lucrative move to Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr, as per reports (via Indian Express).


The Portugal international moved to Al-Nassr after a massive fallout with former club Manchester United. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's relationship with Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag strained after he refused to come on as a substitute in a Premier League fixture.


Ronaldo then featured in a scathing Manchester United interview with Piers Morgan, where he hit out at the club's owners, Ten Hag, and former teammates Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney. As a result, his contract at Old Trafford was terminated by mutual agreement.

The 37-year-old has now joined Al-Nassr on a free transfer, as announced by the club on social media.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab


Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab
Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab

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Reports now suggest that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will travel to Saudi Arabia in January for a mid-season friendly and will likely face a combined XI of players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.


This could potentially mean a matchup between the two superstars who have had an exceptional rivalry over the years and were domestic league (La Liga) rivals for nine years.


Following Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Saudi Arabia, many believed he and the Argentine great would never lock horns again. However, if the reports are true, the two football greats may meet each other very soon.


Lionel Messi won the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a stellar campaign with Argentina. The PSG forward racked up seven goals at this year's tournament and fulfilled his boyhood dream of lifting the World Cup trophy.



Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed as Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti denies Lionel Messi is 'GOAT'


Carlo Ancelotti has previously coached Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab
Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab

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Asked whether he considers Lionel Messi to be the best player in history after the Argentine's World Cup win, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to admit so. Instead, he went on to name a few great players that could be up for debate as well.


Surprisingly, Ancelotti overlooked Cristiano Ronaldo, who he coached during the 2013/14 season when Los Blancos won the UEFA Champions League.


Ancelotti said (via GOAL):

"It's hard to say. He's a great footballer. His career is spectacular but if he's the best in history, I don't know because each era has had very important players. Saying that he's been the best in history isn't going to come out of my mouth. I have enjoyed all the players and now I have a Ballon d'Or (winner) every day here (Benzema). I have seen Maradona and Cruyff and I have enjoyed them."

Lionel Messi (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo's numbers have been on a steady decline.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab
Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi ArabCristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi set to face each other on January 19 when PSG travel to Saudi Arab

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for one more showdown against long-time rival Lionel Messi in January.


Ronaldo’s surprise move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr was confirmed on Friday, with the Portugal international signing the world’s most lucrative contract, keeping him in the Middle East until 2025.


Saudi officials are keen to bring Messi to the Pro League further down the line, but they may have to wait until January 2023 to see the World Cup winner in action against Ronaldo as Paris Saint-Germain are expected to head to Saudi Arabia for a friendly. wrestle.


Originally announced as part of their 2022 Qatar World Tour, PSG were due to play a match in Saudi Arabia last January but pulled out due to Covid-19, but multiple reports suggest the friendly has been rescheduled for 2023.


Indeed, Achraf Ben Ayad reports that PSG will face a team made up of Al Nassr and Al Hilal players in Saudi Arabia on January 19.


Al Hilal are known to be interested in Messi and may get a chance to see the Argentine up close if he makes the trip with his current club.


PSG face Rennes in Ligue 1 on January 15 and could face the fourth round of the Coupe de France a week later if they can see off Chateauroux early next month, but they look set to squeeze in a trip to the midfield. East anyway.


Whether Messi or Ronaldo will actually be involved in the game is unclear, but those in charge of Saudi Arabian football will no doubt be keen to pit two of the greatest footballers of all time against each other on their soil.

 

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Date: 3/1/2023




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