Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in Ryadh All Star IV that will face PSG at the Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia in an exhibition game.
After the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi pushed the goat debate to its logical conclusion, but the Cristiano Ronaldo camp are not giving in likewise the Portuguese star.
After a dismal campaign with Manchester United in the current football season, Cristiano Ronaldo accused the club of betraying and letting him down.
Obviously, at Manchester United under Erik Ten Hag, he struggled in front of goals, lost the spark, and was miles away from his magic wand.
For the first time since his meteoric rise in the game, Ronaldo was starved of goals and assists at Manchester United and was reduced to cameo appearances off the bench by Erik Ten Hag over fitness concerns.
The 2022 World Cup afforded Cristiano Ronaldo an opportunity to change the narrative, but it was a performance similar to his late acrimonious spell with Manchester United.
After helping Portugal grab a 3-2 win over Ghana in the opening game, scoring the opening goal, Ronaldo struggled to find the back of the net again.
He had head-on collisions with former Portugal boss Fernando Santos, who was in charge of the team at the World Cup, after being benched against Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo tearfully left the pitch after Morocco knocked out Portugal from the 2022 World Cup in the quarterfinals.
His World Cup experience in Qatar drew parallel with his spell at Manchester United before his acrimonious exit from the club.
After waiting for offers from European clubs to return to the Champions League where he is the top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr as a last resort to save his career.
Before his controversial move to the Saudi club, the Portuguese star had earnestly hoped to return to Champions League football in Europe and beat off the surge of Lionel Messi on his record 140 goals in the competition.
There are projections Lionel Messi will eclipse the Man United legend as he is still playing in the Champions League.
The two players have been at the center of the goat debate in football. While Lionel Messi seems to have ended the debate after the 2022 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to give in.
The Portuguese star will brace up for the Lionel Messi challenge as Riyadh All Stars takes on PSG in an exhibition game at the Fahd International Stadium which hosted the Spanish Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In what will be a recreation of old-time El-Clasicos, the two football greats will go head-to-head in a highly-sought clash in Saudi Arabia.
The match comes up on Thursday 9th January at 12:00 ET with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar Jr expected to start for the Ligue 1 giants.
You can watch the match live on BeinSport and other online streaming platforms.