The epic rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade has illuminated the football field, particularly during El Clasico clashes in Spain and on the international stage. This battle has captivated fans, sparking debates about who among the two superstars is the better player.
Even though the duo left European football a season ago, their legacy remains vivid, and both players continue to dominate the game. Rumors suggest the Messi versus Ronaldo rivalry is poised to resume in Riyadh.
Lionel Messi rumored to face Cristiano Ronaldo in Riyadh
Lionel Messi’s and Inter Miami’s season concluded as they were unable to progress in the MLS playoffs. Despite the World Cup-winning captain’s inspirational triumph in the Leagues Cup, it wasn’t enough to motivate his side to overturn the league results and advance to the next round.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo-led Al-Nassr has been performing well in the Saudi Pro League, currently standing second on the table. It seems that the duo will face each other for one final time next year in February in a three-team tournament.
According to reports, Inter Miami will be participating in the Riyadh Season Cup to prepare for the upcoming season in the next few months. The match is titled ‘Last Dance,’ marking the final time Messi and Ronaldo will face each other.
Many credible sources have confirmed the rumors of the MLS club’s participation alongside the FIFA Club World Cup runners-up Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr. Recently, Miami’s pre-season tour to China was called off by the organizers.
Lionel Messi, Inter Miami to not play in Riyadh Season Cup
Earlier reports indicated that Inter Miami is set to compete in the prestigious Copa Interamericana competition next year. However, strong rumors are now circulating, suggesting their participation in the Riyadh Season Cup in February. Inter Miami has denied these rumors, calling them ‘inaccurate.
The club released an official statement denying the legitimacy of the rumours, “Earlier today, an announcement was issued stating that Inter Miami CF is scheduled to play in the Riyadh Season Cup. This information is inaccurate. The release included statements attributed to team owner Jorge Mas. Mas has made no comments, neither publicly nor privately, in relation to the preseason tour.”
Following the club’s statement, doubts have now emerged regarding Miami’s participation, thereby closing the door on the possibility of two all-time greats, Messi and Ronaldo, taking the field against each other in Saudi Arabia.