Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo prepare to face off in Saudi Arabia!
In a surprising twist, Inter Miami has officially confirmed its participation in the highly anticipated Riyadh Season Cup, putting to rest earlier reports suggesting otherwise. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for January 29 and February 1, as Inter Miami gears up to face Al-Hilal and Al Nassr. Get ready for an exhilarating showcase of football prowess that you won’t want to miss!
The clash with Al Nassr is particularly noteworthy as it pits Ronaldo, the leading scorer in the Saudi Pro League, against Messi’s formidable skills. Sporting Director of Inter Miami, Chris Henderson, expressed his excitement for the next tasks, saying, “We’re eager for these games since they’ll be important litmus tests for our squad before the new season begins. The prospect of our group competing against top-notch teams like Al-Hilal and Al Nassr is something we’re eager for.”
Adding an extra layer of excitement to the mix is the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry, with Inter Miami highlighting their 35 previous encounters across club and country fixtures. Messi’s teams have secured victory in 16 matches, Ronaldo’s in 10, and they’ve settled for a draw on nine occasions. Messi boasts 21 goals and 12 assists, while Ronaldo has notched up 20 goals and one assist in these encounters.
It’s worth noting that Messi’s participation in the Riyadh Season Cup comes on the heels of his suspension by former club Paris Saint-Germain in May for an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. Despite Saudi Arabia’s efforts to attract top-tier talent and enhance its global football presence, Messi chose Major League Soccer over a move to the oil-rich kingdom.
As Messi and Ronaldo—two of the best players of all time—rekindle their rivalry on the Saudi Arabian football field, anticipation is growing for this matchup between two football icons. Amidst accusations of sportswashing, Saudi Arabia is making a calculated drive to sign elite players in an attempt to gain prominence in the world of soccer.
In addition to the Riyadh Season Cup, Inter Miami has unveiled two more preseason matches. The team will face the El Salvador national team on January 19 and play against a team of top players in Hong Kong on February 4. These games are really important for Inter Miami as we get ready for the new season. With an MLS schedule that begins in late February, these matches are positioned as critical assessments that will help shape our team’s preparedness for the upcoming difficulties.
Adding a stop to our Preseason International Tour📍🌏
We will play two matches in Saudi Arabia in the Riyadh Season Cup as part of our first-ever international tour!
In a round-robin tournament format, we will take on Saudi powerhouses Al-Hilal SFC and Al Nassr FC on Monday,… pic.twitter.com/Xi9M0QApLi
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