Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Inter Miami to face Al Nassr in Riyadh Season Cup
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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Inter Miami to face Al Nassr in Riyadh Season Cup

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Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami will take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr in the Riyadh Season Cup in Saudi Arabia early next year. Inter Miami had confirmed on Monday that they would be facing Al Nassr in February, just weeks after news of the faceoff was announced by Saudi Arabian officials. Inter Miami at that time had refuted reports of a Ronaldo vs Messi contest, but afterall, it seems like football fans will get their wish. Inter Miami will lock horns against Al Hilal on 29 January and Al Nassr on 1 February.

“These matches will offer important tests for our team, which will benefit us as we approach the new season,” Inter Miami sporting director Chris Henderson said. “We’re excited for our group to get the chance to go up against teams with as much quality as Al-Hilal and Al Nassr.”

Messi and Ronaldo have faced off 35 times between matches for club and country, Inter Miami said, with Messi’s teams winning 16, Ronaldo’s teams winning 10 and the sides settling for a draw on the other nine occasions. Messi has 21 goals and 12 assists in those matches; Ronaldo has 20 goals and one assist.

Saudi Arabia has made a major push to be a big player in world soccer by signing some of the game’s biggest players amid allegations of sportswashing. But it couldn’t lure Messi to the oil-rich kingdom when he left PSG at the end of last season, with the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner opting to move to Major League Soccer instead.

Messi and Ronaldo are widely considered to be two of the greatest players of all-time and competed against each other for soccer’s biggest prizes during their prime years at Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.

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Saudi Arabia has made a major push to be a big player in world soccer by signing some of the game’s biggest players amid allegations of sportswashing. But it couldn’t lure Messi to the oil-rich kingdom when he left PSG at the end of last season, with the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner opting to move to Major League Soccer instead.

Messi and Ronaldo are widely considered to be two of the greatest players of all-time and competed against each other for soccer’s biggest prizes during their prime years at Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.

source : firstpost.com