Ronaldo meets Messi
Saudi buys VIP ticket for 2.5 million Swiss francs
A Saudi real estate agent digged deep into his wallet to see what might be the last duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Published: 25 minutes ago
Neymar (right) and Lionel Messi prepare for the friendly against Al-Nassr in Doha (Qatar) on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi (35) and Cristiano Ronaldo (37) fought 36 duels. The magic flea won 16 times, and the Portuguese triumphed eleven times. On Thursday evening (6 p.m.) the 37th and perhaps last direct encounter between the two football icons will take place. PSG will face a team made up of players from arch-rivals Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.
A Saudi real estate mogul doesn’t want to miss this game and pays a lot of money for it – a lot of money. According to the AFP news agency, Mushref al-Ghamdi bought the VIP ticket for a whopping CHF 2.5 million. This not only gives him access to what is probably the best seat in the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, but also enjoys other extras.
For example, he is allowed to visit the catacombs and the cabins of the two teams. He is also given the opportunity to be photographed with various players. Also with the two superstars Messi and Ronaldo.
Ronaldo makes debut in Saudi Arabia
The Argentinian’s team flew to Qatar, the home country of the club owners around Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, on Wednesday. For the PR match, the star ensemble is now stopping in the Saudi Arabian capital and, according to “L’Équipe”, should receive ten million entry fees.
It is quite questionable that the seven-time (Messi) and five-time world footballer (Ronaldo) will face each other again in their professional careers. For Ronaldo, on the other hand, it will be his first appearance in Al-Nassr’s shirt. He has not been eligible to play in the league due to suspensions he picked up in his last Premier League game. He has now served the suspensions and is scheduled to make his competitive debut against Al-Ettifaq on Sunday. (che)