A rivalry between two legends
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in his first game in Saudi Arabia since signing for Al Nassr. The Portuguese international led the Saudi All Star XI in a friendly fixture against Paris Saint Germain in Riyadh. The European giants won 5-4, with both Lionel Messi ,Ronaldo’s long-time rival and Kylian Mbappe also on the competition.
The PSG starting line-up also includes France’s Mbappe and Brazil’s Neymar, as well as Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team mates Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas. Matches between teams featuring Ronaldo and Messi have become rare ever since the former left Real Madrid in 2018. They faced off at least twice a season before that as part of the El Clasico between Madrid and Barcelona, of whom Messi is the all-time highest goal scorer.
It was a huge occassion for Saudi Arabia, with the match an entertaining prospect for the first hour. Messi scored in the first few minutes, Ronaldo won a penalty to equalise. The Portuguese would equalise again to even out Marquinhos’ goal, before PSG took control in the second, thanks to a Kylian Mbappe penalty. The Frenchman was the best player on the night.
The match was touted as the final occasion Messi and Ronaldo competed on the same field and boy did it deliver. With Messi scoring just minutes into the action and Ronaldo equalising soon after, the match rocked back and forth until the nine-goal thriller was finally sealed thanks to Ekitike’s goal at the end. Before the times up, Brazilian striker grabbed the teams fourth goal but was in a vain as there goal score is 5-4.
Ronaldo’s benchmarking Achievements
Ronaldo added another debut to his achievements, with two goals, and made a career ahead with Al Nassr once he makes his Saudi Pro League debut this coming Sunday against Ettifaq. As for Messi, he will return to France with the rest of the team, where he will look to feature in a French Cup encounter with Pays de Cassel next Monday.
After the time of 34 minutes, Ronaldo made his first goal making the score 1-1. PSG were soon back to the competition. Ronaldo 37, was decked by PSG keeper fist but he shoot the resulting penalty and made another goal resulting the score difference of 5-4 in exhibition match. with that final shot, the match ends with an astonishing nine goals scored. It was a fascinating encounter in all, Ronaldo was able to just come away with the victory at the end. It is fair to say that the crowd and fans the world over were looking forward to one last battle between the two biggest stars of their generation, but ended up getting so much more.
Messi’s Contribution to PSG
Lionel Messi made his first goal within three minutes. On scoring the second goal the Ronaldo hit is face against the post to make 2-2 at the end of first half. After the first half, Mbappe scored the third equaliser. Mbappe was penalised, hence the Hugo Ekitike scored to make it a 5-3 score which made a huge difference to catch by.
Messi and Mbappe both scored, but Neymar missed a penalty before they withdrew on the hour mark alongside Ronaldo. All most Hundreds of millions of euros worth of football players were played in the game held on Saudi Capital, after the world cup finals. The match was held at King Fahad Stadium, Almost about 69000 audience and fans worth of 2.6 millions dollars.
Although it was a exhibition match, the game was totally an extraordinary one with total of 9 goals at the end of time. Great Football players of this generation participated in this game which was the best ever show given to the football fans.