PSG vs Riyadh All-Star XI: Why is GK David Ospina not playing for Ronaldo’s team?


With Cristiano Ronaldo leading the Riyadh All Star team against Paris Saint-Germain, many wonder why Al-Nassr goalkeeper David Ospina is not taking part in this game.

It might just be a friendly, but Paris Saint-Germain’s match against the Riyadh All-Star XI is making more headlines than usual for this type of fixture. But it’s not a complete surprise, because Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be facing each other.

While PSG are expected to field a number of their most renowned stars, the Riyadh All Stars will be made up of Al Hilal and Al-Nassr players and coached by Argentine manager Marcelo Gallardo.

Ronaldo, unsurprisingly, will captain the team. However, many are wondering why David Ospina, who is now a teammate of the Portuguese star, will not be the goalkeeper for Riyadh’s star-studded team.

Why is David Ospina not Riyadh All Star’s keeper vs. PSG

The reason is quite simple, David Ospina is not playing for the Riyadh All Stars against Paris Saint-Germain because he’s undergoing rehab from an elbow surgery. The Colombian keeper got injured on January 15 against Al Shabab and is expected to be out for at least six weeks.

That lengthy recovery, however, could prove costly. According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, Al Nassr are considering removing Ospina from their roster in order to free a spot for a foreign player and thereby sign Keylor Navas.