Saudi mogul shells out more than £2MILLION to watch Cristiano Ronaldo
19th January 2023

Saudi mogul shells out more than £2MILLION at auction to watch Cristiano Ronaldo take on Lionel Messi – as the Portuguese icon gets set to captain an All-Star XI against PSG after his £173m-a-year move to Al-Nassr

  • Cristiano Ronaldo will face off against Lionel Messi in Saudi Arabia on Thursday
  • The Al-Nassr star is captaining an All-Star XI against PSG at King Fahd Stadium
  • A Saudi businessman will watch as a VIP after shelling out £2.2million at auction
  • The Portuguese megastar joined Al-Nassr on a contract worth £173m per year

A Saudi businessman has paid more than £2million to watch Cristiano Ronaldo take on his old rival Lionel Messi on Thursday.

Ronaldo, who signed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr in December, will play his first match in the kingdom for a local All-Star XI against Messi’s PSG in a prestige friendly.

And real estate mogul Mushref al-Ghamdi shelled out £2.2m at auction for a VIP ticket for the game which will allow him to meet to two megastars.

A Saudi mogul has paid £2.2million to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play Lionel Messi on Thursday

Messi and Ronaldo face off again in a match between PSG and a Saudi Pro League All-Star XI

He will also be permitted to attend the winner’s ceremony and enter the dressing rooms after Ronaldo and Messi’s first meeting since Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in 2020.

The Portuguese megastar joined Al-Nassr on a contract worth £173m per year after his acrimonious exit from Manchester United.

Ronaldo, who has sought fresh pastures away from Europe, fell out of favour at Manchester United and subsequently conducted an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, slamming the club as well as Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag. 

The Portuguese star joined Al-Nassr on a £173m-a-year deal after leaving Manchester United

Ronaldo is yet to have made his debut in Saudi Arabia after a ban he picked up while at United

United have since enjoyed a fruitful run of form following Ronaldo’s departure and sit third in the Premier League after drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Messi scored on his return to PSG as the French champions carved out a 2-0 victory against Angers last Wednesday.

The Argentine, who lifted the World Cup trophy in December, has attracted interest from a number of Saudi clubs, with Al-Hilal reportedly eager to lure the forward at the end of the season.




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