Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 08:08 IST
It was a reunion that the soccer world was awaiting eagerly regardless of the competition being only a ‘friendly’. French membership Paris Saint-Germain squared off towards a Riyadh XI on Thursday however the energetic on-field encounter produced a nine-goal thriller with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Ramos all registering their names within the scoresheet.
It was the primary piece of motion for Portuguese icon Ronaldo since his staff’s crashed out from the FIFA World Cup 2022 final ear as he made a tearful exit. He had already seen his Manchester United contract terminated with mutual consent earlier however publish the spectacle, signed a blockbuster take care of Saudi membership Al-Nassr FC.
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It was his everlasting rival Messi who made the primary impression by scoring within the third minute earlier than Riyadh XI have been awarded a spot-kick within the 34th minute with Ronaldo changing to equalise earlier than breaking into his iconic celebration in entrance of the packed crowd on the 69000-seat King Fahd Stadium.
The penalty kick was awarded after Ronaldo and PSG ‘keeper Keylor Navas were vying for a high ball. As Ronaldo leapt high hoping to head the ball inside the net, Navas charged forward for a challenge, hoping to punch the ball away, he instead caught his famous opponent and ex-Real Madrid teammate’s cheek.
The influence left Ronaldo on the turf with physio dashing out for remedy because the 37-year-old was pictured nursing a bruised cheek. A yellow card was proven to Navas for the problem and a spot-kick was awarded to Riyadh XI.
It was a mistake alright and Ronaldo took it sportingly and was seen having a chat with Navas proper afterwards earlier than being checked on by Mbappe.
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Ronaldo is anticipated to make his debut for Al-Nassr this Sunday with AFP reporting his deal with the Saudi membership is price a jaw-dropping 400 tens of millions euros.
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