Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo probably last met when PSG traveled to Saudi Arabia to face the Riyadh All-Stars in a friendly in the Middle East capital.
Festival known as the Riyadh Seasons and what a spectacle it was, with a total of nine goals scored, one red card and endless star power throughout the action-packed 90 minutes.
Both Messi and Ronaldo scored, as did Kylian Mbappe. , and PSG emerged from with a 5-4 win. Ronaldo scored twice.
once from the penalty spot and once from free play, while Messi also gave team-mates Mbappé and Neymar chances from the penalty spot.
Mbappé took his chance, but only after Neymar. he had missed his chance to score.Juan Bernat was sent off for a last-man foul in the 39th minute.
leaving PSG one man down for most of the game, but that didn’t matter as both sides used the exhibition environment to get a show to show.
Both Ronaldo and Messi were substituted after 60 minutes but were still on the field long enough to see Ramos give PSG a 3-2 lead, Saudi defender Jang Hyun-Soo equalizing and Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty to make it 4:5. 3.
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Substitute Hugo Ekitike scored again for PSG and Anderson Talisca received a late consolation as the game ended 5-4.
With Ronaldo leaving European club football for Saudi Arabia, it may be the last time he shares a pitch with rival Messi.
The pair, who have won and 12 Ballon d’Ors together, last met in 2020 when Juventus faced Barcelona in the Champions League. After PSG’s trip to the Middle East, they return in the French Cup against Pays de Cassel on Monday.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, will play Al Nassr for the first time on Sunday after his debut was postponed due to a two-game suspension from the Football Association following an incident during his time at Old Trafford.
Sporting a new black and gold kit, PSG got off to a flying start and took the lead thanks to a skillful third-minute finish from Messi. Messi, played on goal by Neymar, slid the ball past goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais, whom he last faced in Saudi Arabia’s stunning 1 World Cup win over Argentina in November.
he.With a bright red bruise on his cheek as a result of the clash, Ronaldo rose to calmly convert the penalty and level the game. Bernat received a red card shortly after the equaliser, but the Ligue 1 club responded well to the defeat, scoring through defender Marquinhos.
Their lead didn’t last long as Ronaldo leveled the game again just before half-time, scoring a rebound after Sergio Ramos missed a direct clear.