Ronaldo and Messi set for reunion this month as PSG to face Saudi league XI for Friendly Match

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are set for a reunion in January following the Portuguese star’s mega-money move to Saudi Arabia.

Ronaldo has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with Saudi outfit Al-Nassr, bringing an end to a glittering career in Europe.

The money-spinning switch is set to earn Ronaldo around £177 million-a-year in a move that Al-Nassr described as ‘history in the making’.

While some have been left bemused by Ronaldo’s choice to leave Europe, the move may present him with one final showdown with Messi later this month.

Paris Saint-Germain are set to travel to Saudi Arabia in January to take part in a mid-season friendly against a combined eleven from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal – billed as the Riyadh Season Cup.

It was originally slated to take place in January 2022 but was postponed for Covid-related reasons.

Now it’s poised to take place in mid-January of 2023 and that could set up another encounter between Messi vs Ronaldo, which would likely be the last instalment of their incredible rivalry.

Messi is currently in Argentina celebrating last month’s World Cup success but is preparing to resume duties in the French capital, with PSG boss Christophe Galtier confirming Messi will return to the club on January 3.

The Argentine is not set to return to action until mid-January and Galtier could use the friendly as a tune-up game before unleashing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner ahead of next month’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Ronaldo’s game time has been greatly reduced this season after falling out of favour at Manchester United before leaving Old Trafford in November.

He also lost his place in the Portugal side at the World Cup and was used sparingly in the knockout stages.

The game would be sure to attract plenty of attention from fans around the world and will inevitably spark the age-old comparisons of who is the superior player.

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