The globe will get another chance to witness Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi battle on the field when the Riyadh Season Cup takes place in Saudi Arabia, just when we thought we had seen it all.

Most football fans believed that playing against Lionel Messi could only happen on the international scene when Cristiano Ronaldo left Europe to join Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.

Nonetheless, in 2022, while Messi was a player for Paris Saint-Germain, Ronaldo confronted the Argentine. Messi emerged victorious from the meeting once more.


The move of Messi from Europe to Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami in the United States was meant to be the final straw that would end any possibility of the two all-time greats playing together at the club level.

That wouldn’t be the case, though, as Saudi Arabian football officials have decided to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr with Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami.

The two teams are anticipated to play one other at the Riyadh Season Cup in Saudi Arabia in February 2024, according to transfer news specialist Fabrizio Romano.

This will be the 37th time that Messi and Ronaldo have squared off on the field if all goes according to plan.

Messi and Ronaldo had faced off 36 times in both local and international matches until they quit European football in 2023.

36-year-old Messi won 16 of those matches, while 38-year-old Ronaldo won 11; the remaining 9 games resulted in ties.

Against the Argentine, who has scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists against the Portuguese, Ronaldo has amassed 21 goals and one assist. Therefore, Messi, the FIFA World Cup winner in 2022, has an advantage over Ronaldo in head-to-head play.