Ronaldo & Messi both start in Saudi All-Star XI vs PSG friendly match as GOATs go head-to-head for first time since 2020

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  • Match held in Saudi Arabia
  • Ronaldo's debut in new country
  • Messi participates in friendly

WHAT HAPPENED? Messi and Ronaldo highlight a star-studded showing between PSG and a collection of the Saudi Pro League's best players. PSG have fielded a near full strength line-up, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also handed starting berths. Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos are in the XI as well.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Though there's little at stake in Thursday's friendly, watching Messi and Ronaldo take the field together is always a spectacle. The game will mark Ronaldo's first showing since he moved to Saudi Arabia, while Messi starts his third game after celebrating a World Cup win.


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WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI & RONALDO: The two GOATs may be facing each other for the last time, so enjoy it while you can!

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