This friendly match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between Al-Nassr and Paris Saint-Germain was Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game for a Saudi club and his first fixture facing Lionel Messi since Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in December 2020. Follow for more soccer hero news and updates here!
In this friendly, the French squad PSG faced a formidable Saudi team composed of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal, the reigning AFC Champions League title holders. For more all soccer live scores here!
A Final Wrap
This game was highly anticipated and touted as the final fixture where we will witness two of the greatest footballers in the world share the pitch as Messi and Ronaldo did not disappoint and provide a match to be remembered in football history.
Lionel Messi scored immediately just minutes into the start of the match after Neymar’s through ball and gave PSG an early lead. However, Al-Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo responded with a powerful shot to equalize the game, after PSG’s Keylor Navas slapped Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappe also made some noise and registered an assist stat sheet via short corner kick into his direction before doing a cross header to Marquinhos. Before the half-time, Ronaldo scored his second goal to once again level the game, via his header to make it 2-2 for the home side.
In the second half, Kylian Mbappe registered his second assist via a cross shot into the area that was finished off by Sergio Ramos. The match is favored by PSG 3-2. However, Al-Nassr still refused to let go by once again, tying the game via corner kick, the Saudi Arabian club equalized and Jang finished it off for an equalizer. A penalty for PSG after Lionel Messi’s shot was blocked via Al Bulayhi’s handball. Mbappe took the penalty and tricked the goalkeeper to score his first goal and fourth for Paris Saint-Germain.
Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed out and left the pitch at the 62nd minute, he received a standing ovation. After him, Mbappe and Messi also subbed out and the match left with mostly no star players for both sides. Talisca scored his first and fifth goal to give Paris Saint-Germain side a victory at the Saudi Arabia soil and conquer the Middle East football region with a victory highlighted by the final meeting of the two greatest players in Messi and Ronaldo. Before the final goal, Ekitike of the home side scored the fourth goal to level the game and provided a huge chance for victory over the top-flight international club.
Ronaldo finally fulfilled a memorable debut against his old rival, with two goals on his own, and looks to have a highly prolific career at the Saudi Arabia Pro League, heading into his first official debut game against Ettifaq.
While Lionel Messi, he will return to France with the rest of the PSG, Ligue 1 title, and the UEFA Champions League. He will feature in the French Cup encounter against Pays de Cassel next week.
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