After months of guesswork, it was acknowledged on Friday evening that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to sign with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr as the legendary CR7 will be the highest-paid athlete in the world, whereas Messi has returned to his club Paris Saint-Germain after an extended vacation to celebrate his World Cup triumph.
The Saudi Arabian club announced the transfer on social media, saying: “History in the making. This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation, and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome @Cristiano to your new home @AlNassrFC.”
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) January 3, 2023
After the completion of this transfer, fans were sad as their hero left the Europe and they will have to watch him on TV, rather seeing live in stadium with the ecstasy along the years turn into agony.
But there is good news for them as PSG is set to travel to Middle East and will be playing a friendly match against the combined XI from Al Nassr and Al Hilal where the two ever familiar rival in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be facing each other, at least for one more time on January 19.
On the 19th of January, PSG will play a friendly against a combined team from Al Nassr and Al Hilal. We may see another clash between Leo and Cristiano.
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) December 30, 2022
Ever since the news broke out on internet; fans went crazy on internet as the dynamic duo will be seen battling hard for the ball among themselves and they are quick to share their delight.
One fan said: ”I’m waiting comfortable for the next and final meetings between Cristiano and Mess in the friendly between PSG vs Al Nassr while another fan twitted: ”PSG and Al Nassr friendly match in January!? oh My God!”
I'm waiting comfortable for the next and final meeting between Cristiano and Mess in the friendly beween PSG vs Al Nassr
— senu foster (@senusports) January 5, 2023
psg and al nassr friendly match on january!? omgg
— gi.. ★ (@skybearlings) December 31, 2022
Messi and Ronaldo shared the stage on numerous occasions during their rivalry to become the greatest player of all time, and there were times when it was difficult to choose one over the other due to the attributes they provided.
Many fans are now adamant that Messi is the undisputed G.O.A.T. after he led Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar, whereas Ronaldo’s World Cup dream ended in tears as Portugal was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Morocco.
Will there be another face-off between the two greatest athletes of all time? We will learn before the end of time.