Cristiano Ronaldo has been confirmed as the captain for a Saudi All-Star XI that will take on PSG in a friendly match on January 19.

Ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s friendly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have been confirmed as the captain for the Saudi All-Star XI that will take to the field, comprised of a mixture of players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

The news was confirmed in a tweet posted from the account of Turki Al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s current chairman of general authority for entertainment, where a video was attached showing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner receiving the armband and his shirt for Thursday’s friendly.

 The friendly on Thursday will be the first time Messi and Ronaldo have faced off since the 37-year-old left European football for the Middle East, and for the first time since December 2020, when Ronaldo was on the winning side as Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League.

he five-time Ballon d’Or winner has penned a deal until 2025, meaning Thursday’s friendly could well be the last time himself and Messi are pitted against one another – that is if Al-Hilal are unable to tempt Messi to Saudi Arabia.

Source: GOAL

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