Cristiano Ronaldo is all set to play his first-ever sport in Saudi Arabia, however not for his membership Al Nassr. The Portuguese ahead will characteristic in a pleasant exhibition match for Riyadh ST XI towards French giants Paris Saint Germain, officers introduced on Monday. The high-voltage match is slated to be held on the King Fahd International Stadium in the capital metropolis of Riyadh on 19 January.
The 37-year-old has additionally been named the captain of the aspect which may even embrace quite a lot of footballers from the Saudi Arabia nationwide crew. Prominent names like full-back Saud Abdulhamid and Salem Al-Dawsari who netted the successful objective in the nail-biting World Cup opener towards Argentina may even be part of the unit.
Fans have been eagerly ready to see Ronaldo begin off the brand new chapter of his profession in the Asian nation. But, when it’s coming towards his biggest soccer rival Lionel Messi, the thrill is unparalleled. Football fanatics have been despatched right into a frenzy and tickets are operating out fairly quick. As per experiences, greater than 2 million tickets for the highly-anticipated battle have already been offered. In an public sale that is because of conclude on Tuesday, the worth for a VIP “Beyond Imagination” ticket to the sport has already surpassed 10 million riyals ($2.66 million).
However, there’s nonetheless a while for Ronaldo to make his debut for his new membership Al Nassr in the Saudi Arabian league. Following Portugal’s exit from the Qatar World Cup, the previous United footballer joined the Saudi crew for a lucrative contract estimated by the native media to be price greater than €200 million ($216.34 million).
The ex-Real Madrid striker touched down in the gulf nation in the primary week of January. But, he was serving a two-match ban by the FA for throwing off a cell phone from the arms of an Everton fan throughout his second spell with Manchester United in April 2022.
Ronaldo is predicted to don the Al Nassr package for the primary time in a house match of the Saudi Pro League towards Al Ettifaq on 22 January.