Inter Miami to face Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season Cup: The last dance between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is going to happen.


The greatest rivalry in football is about to revive as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo prepare to square off once more. Inter Miami has confirmed that they will compete in the Riyadh Season Cup against Al-Nassr next season.

 

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Lionel Messi to come face-to-face with Cristiano Ronaldo in February 2024.

The greatest rivalry in football is about to revive as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo prepare to square off once more. Inter Miami has confirmed that they will compete in the Riyadh Season Cup against Al-Nassr next season.

The match is part of the three-team Riyadh Season Cup, and it is Inter Miami’s first international tour, which also includes stops in El Salvador and Hong Kong.

The team will face Al-Hilal at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on January 29, before facing Al-Nassr at the same site on February 1. This game will be another chapter in the storied rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo, two of the contemporary game’s finest players.

Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr from Premier League side Manchester United last season and has already scored 34 goals and provided 12 assists in 41 matches. Ronaldo has scored 20 goals and contributed 10 assists in 22 appearances for Al-Nassr this season.

Messi moved from Paris Saint-Germain to MLS club Inter Miami this year. The Argentine superstar scored 11 goals in 14 games across all competitions, including a spectacular stay in the Leagues Cup, where he struck 10 goals and assisted one, propelling Inter Miami to their first-ever title.

Despite missing the MLS playoffs, Messi’s performances have been outstanding, winning him the team’s MVP award for the 2023 season. His arrival also triggered a boom in league interest, with jersey sales and match viewership skyrocketing, highlighting his impact off the field.

Inter Miami chief business officer Xavier Asensi stated in a news release that the match will help them build their fan base in Saudi Arabia and around the world.

“This is yet another fantastic opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with ardent fans.” “We are excited to connect with new supporters in Saudi Arabia, and we hope that people around the world will tune in to see a pair of dream matches like these,” Asensi added.

The two players have a combined total of 13 Ballon d’Or awards, with Messi leading the race by eight to Ronaldo’s five. In their long careers, the two players have faced off over thirty times.

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