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Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘first game since moving to Saudi Arabia could see him tackle Lionel Messi’

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game since moving to Saudi Arabia might be against Lionel Messi because of his two-match ban – with Portugal star set to feature for a mixed team of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal stars in a friendly against PSG in 10 days’ time

  • Cristiano Ronaldo could face Lionel Messi in his first game in Saudi Arabia 
  • Ronaldo is ready to feature for a team including Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal players 
  • They may tackle Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly in Riyadh this month
  • Ronaldo is currently unable to play for Al-Nassr competitively because of suspension 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game since his move to Saudi Arabia could see him face his nemesis Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo officially joined Al-Nassr at first of January following his acrimonious departure from Manchester United but he has yet to make his debut for his recent club.

Portugal star Ronaldo might be in line to feature for a team containing a mix of players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, who’re set to face PSG in a friendly in Riyadh on January 19, as reported by The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo could face Lionel Messi in his first game since moving to Saudi Arabia

The 37-year-old received a two-game FA suspension after smashing an Everton fan’s phone last 12 months. 

As a consequence, Ronaldo missed Al-Nassr’s 2-0 win against Al Tai and likewise won’t have the opportunity to feature against Al-Shabab.

It’s anticipated that Ronaldo’s first competitive appearance for Al-Nassr will come against Ettifaq on January 22.

Ronaldo could play for a team of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal players in a friendly against PSG

Ronaldo could play for a team of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal players in a friendly against PSG

Ronaldo and Messi have frequently been compared with each other during their careers

Ronaldo and Messi have steadily been compared with one another during their careers

That would potentially see Ronaldo face Messi, even though it stays to be seen whether the latter will probably be involved within the fixture.

Al-Nassr manager Rudi Garcia expressed his disappointment with the scheduling of the friendly against PSG.

As reported by L’Equipe, Garcia said: ‘It [Ronaldo’s debut] won’t be with the Al Nassr jersey. Because the coach of Al-Nassr, I can’t be completely satisfied with this match. For development, to see PSG, to see the good Parisian players, indeed it’s thing. But we’ve got a championship game three days later.

‘By way of scheduling, it might have been higher thought out. However it’s not a giant deal… We’re within the lead, we’re completely satisfied. It’s a difficult championship to win, but we intend to do it.’

Ronaldo is still yet to make his official debut for Al-Nassr because of suspension

Ronaldo remains to be yet to make his official debut for Al-Nassr due to suspension

The Portuguese star joined Al-Nassr after his acrimonious departure from Manchester United

The Portuguese star joined Al-Nassr after his acrimonious departure from Manchester United

Al-Nassr are finally in a position to register Ronaldo after terminating the contract of Vincent Aboubakar. 

Saudi league rules state that clubs are only in a position to register as much as eight foreign players per squad. 

Ronaldo, who is ready to earn £175million-a-year at Al-Nassr, has been working hard within the gym as he awaits his debut for his recent club. 

Throughout his profession Ronaldo has steadily been in comparison with Messi, especially after they played for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Messi has won the Ballon d’Or on a record seven occasions, while Ronaldo has won it five times.  

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