WATCH: Messi spoils Ronaldo's party with fast opener in PSG's friendly win over Riyadh All-Star XI
- CR7 and Messi face off in Saudi Arabia
- Argentine opens scoring early on
- Fans go wild for World Cup winner
WHAT HAPPENED? There was no dream start for Ronaldo as Paris Saint-Germain took on an All-Star XI of Saudi Pro League players in a friendly in the Middle East on Thursday, with the narrative heading into the game being what is potentially the last dance between himself and Messi. The Argentine showed his class mere minutes into the game, coolly slotting in the opener amid Ronaldo's first match in Saudi Arabia since joining Al-Nassr.
AND WHAT'S MORE: Ronaldo went on the score a brace before the end of the first-half after taking a nasty punch to the face. However, PSG won the exhibition match 5-4.
MESSIIIIIIIIIIIIII! Simply BEAUTIFUL from the GOAT 🐐🔥😍— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) January 19, 2023
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It just HAD to be...🙌— Sky Sports (@SkySports) January 19, 2023
Neymar, Mbappe and Messi all combine as the Argentine opens for the scoring for PSG! ✨pic.twitter.com/sDHSscQHwr
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Messi came into the game having recently lifted the World Cup with Argentina, which to many settled the GOAT debate between himself and Ronaldo.
WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? The PSG star will return with his team to France for a last-32 French Cup fixture against Pays de Cassel next Monday.