Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will fight again in a friendly football match of PSG vs Riyadh XI on Thursday. Ronaldo plays for the Saudi All-Star XI in a friendly against Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain. This is the first time Ronaldo has played in all of the Saudi Arabian football since signing with Al Nassr, which runs until 2025 and is worth more than 200 million euros ($214 million), say sources close to the club. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will make his Saudi ProLeague debut for Al Nassr on Sunday. Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan greeted the players before the game.
To promote Thursday’s friendlies, Turki al-Sheikh, adviser to the royal court and head of the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia. He launched a charity auction for a special ticket that would offer perks like the opportunity to meet, take pictures with players and access to the dressing room. The auction started at 1 million Saudi Riyals ($266,000) and closed by Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. local time. The Sheikh later announced on Twitter that the 10 million riyals ($2.6 million) bid came from Mushref al-Ghamdi. “Congratulations, Merits and may God Reward them well,” said the Sheikh. The proceeds from the auction will go to a national charity campaign called Ehsan. With Messi, the PSG stars who played against the French striker Kylian Mbappe and Achraf will play Hakimi. He helped Morocco become the first Arab and African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.
The Saudi Arabia squad includes Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored the winner in the Green Falcons’ loss to Argentina in the group stage for World Cup.
Many guests were invitees by the concerned authorities to enhance the event value.