Cristiano Ronaldo to captain Saudi All-Star XI in friendly match against Lionel Messi's PSG - Daily Mail

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Cristiano Ronaldo volition CAPTAIN Saudi All-Star XI successful their affable against Lionel Messi's PSG connected Thursday - successful what volition beryllium the 37-year-old's archetypal crippled since signing a £173m-a-year woody with Al-Nassr

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is acceptable to play his archetypal crippled since moving to Al-Nassr
  • He volition play for a Saudi All-Star XI against PSG successful a affable lucifer connected Thursday
  • Ronaldo volition skipper his squad against Lionel Messi's PSG successful Riyadh
  • Thursday's lucifer could beryllium the last clip that Ronaldo play against each other 

By Sam Brookes For Mailonline

Published: 16:06 EST, 16 January 2023 | Updated: 18:00 EST, 16 January 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo volition skipper a Saudi All-Star XI squad against PSG successful their affable lucifer connected Thursday.

It volition beryllium Ronaldo's archetypal crippled since joining Al-Nassr past period successful a deal that volition spot him gain £175m-a-year, and Ronaldo has already been handed the work of starring retired his side, which volition incorporate players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

Ronaldo has been presented with the captain's armband, and is present conscionable days distant from making his debut successful Saudi Arabia.

الوعد ان شاءالله يوم ١٩ يناير … لقاء فوق الخيال … ومدير الفريق الكابتن خالد الشنيف ان شاءالله والتشكيلة غداً بيعلنها المدرب وخالد … اتمنى يومها ننسى الهلال والنصر ساعتين ونصير كلنا موسم الرياض… وبعد الساعتين نوقف الهدنة 😂🇸🇦❤️

— TURKI ALALSHIKH (@Turki_alalshikh) January 15, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo is acceptable to skipper the Saudi All-Star XI squad against PSG connected Thursday

He is acceptable to look his semipermanent rival Lionel Messi successful the affable lucifer successful Riyadh

His archetypal lucifer volition spot him spell up against semipermanent rival Lionel Messi, with PSG presently connected a circuit of the Middle East.

This could beryllium the last clip that the pair, who person won the Ballon d'Or 12 times betwixt them, look each different connected the pitch.

Ronaldo and Messi shared a large rivalry during their clip successful Spain together, playing starring roles successful galore El Clasicos for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Ronaldo near Spain to articulation Juventus successful 2018, and helium has not travel up against Messi since December 2020 erstwhile the Italian giants travelled to the Nou Camp.

Should Messi opt to widen his existent PSG woody beyond this season, it is apt that helium volition not look Ronaldo again.

Thursday's lucifer could beryllium the last clip that Ronaldo and Messi play against each other

However, Messi reportedly has a lucrative connection connected the array from Al-Hilal, with the Saudi broadside anxious to motion him this summertime successful a determination that could re-ignite his rivalry with Ronaldo. Fellow Saudi broadside Al-Ittihad are besides reportedly keen to tempt Messi to the Middle East.

Since helium was officially announced arsenic an Al-Nassr subordinate astatine the extremity of December, Ronaldo has had to hold to marque his debut for his caller club.

He was filmed watching their caller 2-0 triumph against Al-Ta'ee on an workout bike arsenic helium was incapable to play owed to serving a two-match prohibition for smashing a fan's telephone aft Manchester United's decision against Everton past April.

He is capable to diagnostic successful this affable fixture, though, and has been getting himself into premier shape up of his maiden quality successful Riyadh.