With Ronaldo no longer playing in Europe, the friendly match between PSG and Riyadh XI is probably the last time fans will see these two living legends go head to head.
The era of Messi and Ronaldo jointly dominating the world’s top football titles is probably over, as age issues have made CR7 no longer able to compete in Europe’s top leagues. And in the match that will probably be the last time football fans around the world will see Ronaldo confront Messi, both have given their best with a goal for Messi and a brace for Messi. Ronaldo.
Only with the nature of a friendly match, but what the fans witnessed at King Fahd Stadium was very attractive. Ronaldo made his debut for the Arab fans when he played for the star team in the capital Riyadh, facing Messi’s PSG. Although this encounter is not as intense as it was during Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two always know how to do what they usually do when facing each other, which is to compete on the scoreboard. Messi helped PSG take the lead in the 3rd minute of the match, while Ronaldo had 2 goals in the 34th and 45th+6 minutes, respectively.
Messi continues to show the performance that helped him and his Argentina team-mates win the World Cup. With Ronaldo, after ending the World Cup in tears when he was knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals and going through a sad time with the scandals at Manchester United, he still knows how to score goals and achieve the title of player. best match.Ronaldo is probably also happy with his decision to move to play in Saudi Arabia, as he is constantly cheered by the fans here. CR7 responded to the love of the Arab fans with air kisses. Ronaldo’s laughing moment with Sergio Ramos on the other side of the battle line made those who witnessed this match nostalgic for a beautiful time in world football.
After Neymar’s impressive assist, Messi made a delicate finish to open the scoring. Ronaldo also did not take too long to respond when he was the one who earned a penalty after the free kick situation of the Riyadh stars. Keylor Navas was fouled in the situation where Ronaldo jumped to the header and the Portuguese striker successfully beat his former teammate in a Real Madrid shirt.
This goal seemed to make the whole King Fahd Stadium burst when the entire audience shouted “Siu!” in Ronaldo’s celebration. Messi and Ronaldo, each with a goal each made what happened next in the first half made fans watching this match forget this was just a friendly match.
PSG defender Juan Bernat received a red card for a foul in a dangerous counterattack by the Riyadh stars. Then, Marquinhos raised the score to 2-1 for PSG. The French team also continued to have the opportunity to increase the lead to 3-1 when referee Al Jassim with the help of VAR gave PSG a penalty when Neymar was fouled in the penalty area. However, the Brazilian player himself could not beat goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais.
In the stoppage time of the first half, taking advantage of Sergio Ramos’ mistake, Ronaldo had another goal through a close-range shot.
Messi, Ronaldo and other stars like Neymar, Mbappe, … were all withdrawn in the 61st minute of the match when the result was 4-3 in favor of the French team. However, this is not the final score when Hugo Ekitike and Talisca scored two goals in the 78th and 90+4 minutes, respectively. In the end, PSG won 5-4.