Ahead of the Riyadh All Star Vs PSG Duel, When was the last time Ronaldo and Messi fought on the field?


World football fans can’t wait to meet Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the field. These two players will be reunited in the PSG vs Al Nassr-Al Hilal XI match.

Al Nassr and Al Hilal formed a joint team called the Riyadh All-Star XI. This team will serve PSG in a friendly trial duel, as well as to provide the best football presentation

The match between Riyadh All Star against PSG will mark the meeting of the two best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It is known that Ronaldo is now defending Al-Nassr, while Messi is undergoing his second season with Les Parisiens.

This match will also be Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut moment with Saudi Arabian football. He decided to join Al-Nassr after ending his partnership with Manchester United ahead of the 2022 World Cup yesterday.

Ronaldo was carried off by Al-Nassr with a high value. In fact, he is the highest paid player in the world. Meanwhile, Messi is still enjoying his success after helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup.

Of course this meeting will evoke many sweet memories of Ronaldo’s duel against Lionel Messi on the field. So, when was the last time these two players met?

Will Ronaldo and Messi Show Up?
As long as there are no obstacles, Ronaldo should play and be involved as a starter in the Al Nassr-Al Hilal XI team. Even Ronaldo is believed to wear the captain’s armband in this match.

On the other hand, there is no clarity about whether Messi will start in this match. However, given the importance of this match for the entertainment of the crowd, Messi is likely to be lowered.

PSG still has a number of other stars, such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr.

When was the last time Ronaldo and Messi dueled?
These two top superstars in the world of football have met very often. Noted, Ronaldo and Messi have met 36 times in matches on the field.

Messi chalked up 16 wins in the meeting, Ronaldo with 11 wins. Messi has scored 23 goals, Ronaldo scored 22 goals.

These two players last met in December 2020. At that time, Ronaldo was still playing with Juventus and traveled to Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the Champions League duel.

Ronaldo scored two penalty goals in that match. Juventus won with a score of 3-0.

Match Schedule
This match will be played on Thursday, 19 January 2023, at 20.00 local time. Due to the difference in time zones, in Indonesia this match kicks off at 00.00 WIB, Friday (20/1/2023).

This match is actually one of PSG’s routine trips. As a club sponsored by a Qatari owner, PSG often visits Arab countries to play trial matches.


Player List
Al-Nassr: Mohammed Al-Owais (Goalkeeper); Saud Abdulhamid, Gonzalez, Jang Hyun-soo, Ghislain Konan (Back); Gustavo Cuellar, Salman Al-Faraj, Talisca (Center); Andre Carillo, Odion Ighalo, Cristiano Ronaldo (Front)

PSG (4-3-3): Keylor Navas (Goalkeeper); Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Bitshiabu, Bernat (back); Vitinha, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler (Center); Lionel Messi; Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr (Front)

Sources: Ball, The Athletic

Adapted from: Bola.net (Richard Andreas, published 19/1/2023)