After their most recent on-field reunion, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were beaming, and “old friends” posted encouraging messages on social media.
With 12 Ballons d’Or between them, the two enduring rivals squared off once more when Paris Saint-Germain played host to an exhibition game against a Saudi Arabian Pro League All-Star XI.
In an exciting 5-4 thriller in Riyadh, Ronaldo, who recently joined Al-Nassr, played for the home team and scored his first goals since moving to the Middle East. Meanwhile, 2022 World Cup winner Messi scored for PSG, and the French giants ultimately prevailed.
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Before the game began, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself with Messi on Instagram with the caption, “So delighted to be back on the pitch, and on the score sheet!! And it’s nice to run into some old pals!” While Ronaldo and Messi spent many years playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona on opposite sides of the bitter Clasico divide, Messi uploaded a little video of himself hugging Ronaldo in the tunnel before the game.
Ronaldo and Messi may have had their final meeting because they are moving in different directions with their club careers. One is starting over in Saudi Arabia, and the other is getting ready to sign a new contract in France.