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Will Ronaldo captain Saudi All-Star team in friendly against PSG?

Published at :January 18, 2023 at 6:04 PM
Modified at :January 18, 2023 at 6:04 PM
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Keshava Verma

The five-time Ballon D’or winner recently joined Al Nassr on a record contract

Cristiano Ronaldo is finally going to make his first appearance in Saudi Arabia since putting pen to paper with local club Al Nassar, about two weeks ago. Ronaldo is included in Saudi All-Star team, that is set to take on PSG on Thursday the 19th of January, in the King Fahd International Stadium.

The game, will mark the first meeting of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo since December 2020, when Cristiano’s Juventus defeated Barcelona by three goals to nil in an empty Camp Nou.

Both Messi and Ronaldo come into this game with contrasting forms. Messi on one hand has recently won the World Cup with Argentina, and is also on a fine run of form with PSG, whereas Cristiano had a poor World Cup campaign. Where he scored only one goal, and has also had a turbulent phase with his previous club Man United.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassar

With his move to Al Nassar, Ronaldo has now become the highest earning football player, that too by a fine margin. The two-and-a-half-year contract that he has signed with Al Nassar, will keep him at the club until the summer of 2025. Also, Ronaldo will reportedly make around 214M/ per year in the middle Eastern country.

Why has Ronaldo not made his Al Nassar debut?

Ronaldo has not yet made his Saudi Pro League debut with the club, because of the two match ban he is serving. Due to his unruly behaviour at Goodison Park last season. When the Portuguese smashed an Everton fan’s phone in fitting rage.

Will Ronaldo captain Saudi All-star 11?

Amidst all the excitement and exhilaration of Ronaldo coming in on the action once again, several reports and rumours also emerged, which suggested that the Portuguese might be chosen as the skipper of the team that is set to take on the French champions.

Luckily, these rumours and speculations have been duly answered. As it has now been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the captain of the Saudi All-Star XI that will take to the field, comprised of a mixture of players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

The confirmation comes from a tweet posted by Turki Al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's current chairman of general authority for entertainment. Where a video was attached showing the Portuguese legend receive the captain’s armband and his shirt for the friendly.