Cristiano Ronaldo got back from a punch in the face to score twice against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, in a tense clash with his great rival Lionel Messi that demonstrated the Gulf’s financial firepower. Ronaldo, 37, was knocked down by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas’ flailing fist, but he drilled the resulting penalty and then added another in a 5-4 exhibition defeat, his first appearance since moving to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth more than 400 million euros.
Messi and Kylian Mbappe scored for Qatar-owned PSG, and Neymar missed a penalty, before withdrawing on the hour mark alongside Ronaldo, who was representing a composite Saudi side, to leave the world’s four highest-paid players watching from the bench in Riyadh.
👉 Relocate to Canada Today!Live, Study and Work in Canada. No Payment is Required! Hurry Now click here to Apply >> Immigrate to Canada
Hundreds of millions of euros in footballers were on display in the Saudi capital for the exhibition game, which comes just weeks after neighboring Qatar lavishly spent on the first World Cup on Arab soil, which Argentina won.Information Guide Nigeria
A Saudi real estate mogul paid $2.6 million at auction for a ticket that gave him access to the players’ dressing room at the 69,000-seat King Fahd Stadium.
After Ronaldo led the Riyadh Season Team, which included players from his new club Al Nassr and Saudi rivals Al Hilal, out to flamethrowers and ticker tape, Messi scored after only three minutes when he was fed by the livewire Mbappe.
Ronaldo’s first touch in Saudi football was a throw-in, but he had a shot saved and a penalty appeal waved away before Navas caught him flush on the cheekbone during a high ball challenge.NYSC Portal
Ronaldo, still rubbing the red mark on his face and grimacing, fired past Navas on 34 minutes to tie the game.
Five minutes later, PSG’s Juan Bernat was shown a straight red card for a foul on Saudi Arabia’s match-winner in their famous World Cup group-stage victory over Argentina.JAMB Result
Messi, perhaps irritated by the intensity of the mid-season friendly, cast a reproachful glance at Ronaldo, his former sparring partner at Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Other Top Football News:
- Madrid stun Villarreal with Spanish Cup comeback
- ‘It was silent for a little while’ – Grealish explains Man City dressing room mood
- ‘I want my fans back!’ -Guardiola SLAMS players and fans after Man City’s win over Tottenham
- Chelsea have £55m Caicedo transfer bid rejected by Brighton
Marquinhos’ delicate finish put PSG back in front before Neymar missed his penalty, shooting tamely after a trademark stutter run-up.
Minutes later, deep into first-half injury time, Ronaldo equalized, heading against the post and then burying the rebound to make it 2-2 at the break.
Mbappe put PSG back in front shortly after the break, turning his marker inside-out and setting up Sergio Ramos for an easy finish, before Hyun-soo Jang equalized for the hosts.
However, Mbappe converted a penalty and Hugo Ekitike added a goal to make it 5-3 before Brazilian striker Talisca scored the Riyadh team’s fourth goal at the death.Jamb Portal
It was Ronaldo’s first appearance in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, where he will make his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nassr on Sunday after signing for more than 200 million euros, according to a club source.
According to AFP, the veteran Portuguese star will be paid an additional 200 million euros to serve as an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s expected 2030 World Cup joint bid with Egypt and Greece.
Check JAMB Result
Check and Confirm: How much is Dollar to Naira
👉 Relocate to Canada Today!
Live, Study and Work in Canada. No Payment is Required! Hurry Now click here to Apply >> Immigrate to Canada
Information is Power!
Don’t miss any valuable information or opportunity that can change your life, business, and family positively and permanently.
👍Advertise your business on InfoGuideNigeria.com!
From just N9,999 per month, you can advertise your products and services to over 1,500,000 monthly users on our website. Click here to read more.
Contents on this website may not be republished, reproduced, or redistributed either in whole or in part without due permission or acknowledgment.
Proper acknowledgment includes, but not limited to (a) LINK BACK TO THE ARTICLE in the case of re-publication on online media, (b) Proper referencing in the case of usage in research, magazine, brochure, or academic purposes,.
All contents are protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1996 (DMCA).
We publish all content with good intentions. If you own this content & believe your copyright was violated or infringed, please contact us for immediate removal.
🤑 Start Making Money from home today!