20 JAN 2023

Messi vs Ronaldo
in Riyadh

vivek mishra


Photo: Twitter/Cristiano Ronaldo

IIt was an exhibition match between the PSG and a combined XI of Al-Nassr Al-Hilal. With 9 goals scored it was a goalfest with PSG winning 5-4.

CR7 brace

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Ronaldo scored twice in the first half in a high-octane encounter between PSG and Riyadh All-Star XI on January 19.

messi magic

Messi, back with PSG after winning the World Cup with Argentina, got the first goal of the game.

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goal machine

French star Kylian Mbappe scored on a penalty for PSG in the 9-goal thriller.

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tough contest

The big players for both clubs were taken off at the hour mark to protect them from injuries.

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last duel?

With Ronaldo having left European club football, it's possibly the last time he will share a pitch with Messi.

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the architect

Messi, who was key in Argentina's World Cup win, played more of a playmaker's role in the game.

Photo:: Twitter/PSG

hard-fought win

PSG won the game 5-4 but they got a strong fight from the Saudi Arabia team.

Photo: Twitter/PSG


This was Ronaldo's first game in Saudi Arabia since he joined Al Nassar on a record transfer deal.

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Messi and Ronaldo have won 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them. They last met when Juventus faced Barcelona in the Champions League in 2020.

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India's megastar Amitabh Bachchan was also invited to Riyadh as the Chief Guest to
inaugurate the game. 

Video: Twitter/Amitabh Bachchan