Messi to go against Ronaldo in friendly match between PSG and select Saudi clubs

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After the FIFA World Cup 2022, the world of football is soon going to witness the next big event as Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will play a friendly match against a select squad made up of Cristiano’s players on January 19. . Ronaldo’s new club Al Nassr and their Saudi rivals Al Hilal in Riyadh.

Messi returned to training at the PSG ground after a short break following Argentina’s victory in the FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has joined Al Nassr, having bid goodbye to Manchester United after some wrangling with the coach and team management. The Portuguese player has signed a contract with the football club that runs until 2025 and is reportedly worth around €200 million.

Saudi Arabia, which initially defeated Messi’s Argentina during the FIFA World Cup 2022, is looking to raise its profile in the world of football. The country is also looking to bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Greece and Egypt.

Football clubs Al Hilal and Al Nassr are two of the most successful teams in Saudi Arabia and Ronaldo joining Al Nassr will certainly give them a boost.

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe were the two star players of the FIFA World Cup and both play for PSG. With these two star players in their squads, the club will surely enter the field with more confidence.

But, after the World Cup, Messi and Mbappe will also look towards another achievement in the world of football – the Ballon d’Or. Lionel Messi has already won the title seven times and this year we may see an extension of the World Cup rivalry for the Ballon d’Or title.

The trophy is awarded to Europe’s best footballer and while French players such as Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema have won the Ballon d’Or, the 24-year-old Mbappe has never been on the podium.

(with inputs from agencies)

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