World Football

Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr set to face Messi’s Inter Miami in February 2024

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla
November 21 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo Inter Miami Al-Nassr Inter Miami

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will once again face each other

In a highly anticipated friendly match in February, Lionel Messi and Inter Miami will take against Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

This is perhaps the last meeting between two of the greatest athletes of all time, hence the title of the game, “The Last Dance.”

Messi, now 36, established most of his legacy at Barcelona, while Ronaldo, 38, had comparable success at Real Madrid, his bitter rival, following his 2009 transfer from Manchester United.

Before subsequently opting to sign with David Beckham’s Major League Soccer squad, the Inter Miami player was reportedly courted by the Saudi league and was anticipated to accompany Ronaldo there this season.

Ronaldo left United abruptly during his second stint there and signed with Al-Nassr in December 2022. The Portugal star has a contract that expires in 2025 and pays him almost $75 million annually.

Messi still makes somewhere in the range of fifty to sixty million a year in Miami on a two-year contract with a third-season choice, but he could have made more money in the Saudi league.

Adidas and Apple have contributed to his contract, with Messi receiving a share from sales of jerseys and from Apple TV subscriptions that allow him to watch Major League Soccer.

Despite a terrible start to the season, Messi and his side claimed the Leagues Cup and advanced to the US Open Cup final, but they were unable to make it to the MLS playoffs.

Ronaldo is also scheduled to compete against Jordi Alba, who moved to Miami with Messi, and Sergio Busquets, two more Barcelona favourites.

By the moment the February match rolls around, Luis Suarez might also be involved, as the striker has been strongly connected to joining the MLS team from Brazilian outfit Gremio.

Along with Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, former Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte, and former United colleague Alex Telles, Ronaldo plays with Al-Nassr.

Prior to the start of the MLS season the following year, Miami had long been discussing playing a few profitable friendlies abroad.

Earlier this month, they decided not to go on the post-season trip to China and instead celebrated Messi’s ninth Ballon d’Or by playing New York City FC at their DRV PNK Stadium.

In addition, the Mas brothers—who own the team with Beckham—have mentioned planning a friendly match between Barcelona and the Nou Camp so that Messi can say goodbye to the supporters there.

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