Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami will take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr in a Riyadh Cup exhibition match as the Major League Soccer club prepares to open the season in late February.
However, the Saudi Pro League team will be without Ronaldo as he recovers from a calf injury.
Cristiano is in the final stages of recovery to be able to join the group,” said Luis Castro, manager of Al Nassr at his press conference on Wednesday. “We expect him to be able to start working with the team in the next few days. He will be an element that will be missing in the game.”
Ronaldo’s absence is a blow to organizers and football fans around the world who have been eager to see the latest – and perhaps final – installment of the rivalry that has helped define modern football. Will Messi at least be involved in the match in the capital of Saudi Arabia?
Is Lionel Messi not playing today vs Al Nassr?
The much-anticipated match between Al Nassr and Inter Miami is set to take place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh and has been promoted as the final showdown between two football giants who have shared many great battles during their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Earlier this week, Messi’s side suffered a 4-3 defeat against Saudi Pro League leaders Al Hilal. Al Nassr are currently in second place, seven points behind Al Hilal.
The Argentina international scored a second-half penalty in that game and has no injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s friendly, so Messi has no reason to miss the clash.
Inter Miami Coach Tata Martino Decided Lionel Messi was not starting today’s game against Al Nassr, Martino Should Think Leo Messi needed rest before Starting the New MLS season Last week of February 2024. We hope Messi Will be playing in 2nd half of the Match.