Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for one more showdown against long-time rival Lionel Messi in January.
Ronaldo’s surprise move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr was confirmed on Friday, with the Portugal international signing the world’s most lucrative contract, keeping him in the Middle East until 2025.
Saudi officials are keen to bring Messi to the Pro League further down the line, but they may have to wait until January 2023 to see the World Cup winner in action against Ronaldo as Paris Saint-Germain are expected to head to Saudi Arabia for a friendly. wrestle.
Originally announced as part of their 2022 Qatar World Tour, PSG were due to play a match in Saudi Arabia last January but pulled out due to Covid-19, but multiple reports suggest the friendly has been rescheduled for 2023.
Indeed, Achraf Ben Ayad reports that PSG will face a team made up of Al Nassr and Al Hilal players in Saudi Arabia on January 19.
Al Hilal are known to be interested in Messi and may get a chance to see the Argentine up close if he makes the trip with his current club.
PSG face Rennes in Ligue 1 on January 15 and could face the fourth round of the Coupe de France a week later if they can see off Chateauroux early next month, but they look set to squeeze in a trip to the midfield. East anyway.
Whether Messi or Ronaldo will actually be involved in the game is unclear, but those in charge of Saudi Arabian football will no doubt be keen to pit two of the greatest footballers of all time against each other on their soil.