Messi’s PSG takes on Ronaldo’s Saudi all-stars in Riyadh

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Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint Germain beat an all-star Saudi team featuring Al Nassr’s newest signing Cristiano Ronaldo by five goals to four at Riyadh’s King Fahd Stadium on Thursday.

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Messi scored a goal in the opening three minutes against the Riyadh Season all-stars, which was made up of Al Nassr and Al Hilal players.

Cristiano Ronaldo equalized with a penalty towards the end of the first half after colliding in midair with Paris Saint Germain’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

PSG’s Marquinhos brought the score to 2-1 just before the end of the first half. Ronaldo then equalized again in extra time.

Early in the second half, Sergio Ramos scored a third goal for PSG after an assist from Mbappé. Just minutes later, Al Hilal’s Jang Hyun-soo equalized again for the all-stars.

Ronaldo was substituted in the 60th minute after a fourth goal from PSG, along with Messi and Mbappé.

Hugo Ekitiké brought the score to 5-3 for PSG in the 78th. Al-Nassr’s Talisca then scored for the all-stars in the 93rd minute for a final score of 5-4.

Kylian Mbappé also had a goal for PSG in the 24th minute disallowed due to the offside rule.

It was Ronaldo’s first match since signing for Riyadh team Al Nassr at the end of 2022.

Messi was coming off a spectacular FIFA World Cup win, in which his team took victory in penalties from PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé’s French side.

Mbappé played alongside Messi on Thursday in the much anticipated showdown pitting some of the sport’s biggest names against each other.

Celebrities attended the match including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who was seen greeting players alongside Turki Alalshikh, the head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority.

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