The club season has resumed, but PSG will take a short break before entering the most challenging stretch of the 2022-23 season. On Thursday, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will square off again when Paris Saint-Germain take on a Riyadh All-Star XI in a friendly.
This game doesn’t come at the best of times for the Parisians, having just lost on the road to Rennes. However, it will be a great opportunity for them to cool off while bringing home a huge payday.
Needless to say, the biggest story line will be the mere presence of Ronaldo and Messi on the pitch. The Portuguese star will captain the Riyadh All Stars made up of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr players.
Riyadh All-Star XI probable lineup
Though Arsene Wenger was originally expected to be in charge of this team last year, the game’s postponement forced a change of plans. Argentine manager Marcelo Gallardo will be at the helm, pitting a strong lineup headlined by Ronaldo.
Riyad All-Star predicted lineup: Mohammed Al-Owais; Abdulhamid, Gonzalez, Hyun-soo, Konan; Cuellar, Al-Faraj, Talisca; Andre Carillo, Odion Ighalo, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Paris Saint-Germain predicted lineup
The outlook is different for Christophe Galtier, who has bigger games ahead of him. However, PSG will not show up with a bunch of outcasts, so a star-studded lineup is expected to take the field.
PSG’s predicted starting XI: Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Bitshiabu, Bernat; Vitinha, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler; Lionel Messi; Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr.