Cristiano Ronaldo could face Lionel Messi in his first game since making a move to the Saudi Pro League. PSG are expected to play a team made up of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal players in a friendly game on January 19.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr on a free transfer last month. The Portugal international’s contract with Manchester United was terminated in November after his relationship with Erik ten Hag and the Red Devils board soared.
Cristiano Ronaldo could face Lionel Messi in a friendly game
Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo will play in a friendly game against PSG later this month. Speaking to the media, he said: It (his debut) won’t be with the Al-Nassr jersey.
It will be a mix between Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr. As the coach of Al-Nassr, I cannot be happy with this match. For development, to see PSG, to see the great Parisian players, indeed it is a good thing. But we have a championship game three days later.”
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Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to sit out during Al-Nassr’s victory against Al-Ta’ee last week through suspension. He will also miss the Worldwide’s game Al-Shabab on Saturday.
Lionel Messi to play a key role in Kylian Mbappe’s transfer
According to a report by El Nacional, PSG star Lionel Messi could play a key role in Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are reportedly not on good terms. The Paris outfit are currently working on extending Messi’s contract, which might push Mbappe to leave the club.
Real Madrid are among the clubs who have shown interest in signing Kylian Mbappe in recent years. The Blancos came close to acquiring his services on a free transfer last summer. However, the move broke down during the final stages as PSG pursued him to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes.
Nevertheless, with Mbappe’s relationship with PSG deteriorating, the Blancos could make another approach to signing him in the future.
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When will Lionel Messi play next?
Lionel Messi’s PSG are currently at the top of the Ligue 1 table, with 44 points from 17 games. They will next lock horns against Angers in a league game at the Parc des Princes on January 12. Messi is likely to feature in the game.