In fact, in the last match against Meho, Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) scored multiple goals and was ahead of Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) who scored one goal, but Messi took the win.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated the Riyadh Eleven 5-4 in the Riyadh Season Cup event held at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on the morning of the 20th (Korean time). Riyadh Eleven is a joint team of Al Nasr and Al Hilal based in Riyadh. The two teams are currently in 1st and 2nd place in the Saudi Arabian Professional League.
PSG was a friendly match, but in addition to operating the MNM line of Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe, they started the best members such as Ashraf Hakimi and Sergio Ramos as starters. In the Riyadh Eleven, Ronaldo, who entered the Saudi league wearing an Al Nasr uniform, stood at the forefront and performed a ceremony in front of Saudi fans, and Jang Hyun-soo of Al Hilal also started as a center back.
On this day, attention was focused on the final confrontation between Messi and Ronaldo. Messi and Ronaldo, who have been fighting for the best in the 21st century, have faced each other 36 times before, with Messi leading with 16 wins, 9 draws and 11 losses. In the most recent encounter in October 2020, Ronaldo’s Juventus beat Messi’s Barcelona 3-0.
Before the 37th match, the two players shook hands. The opening goal belonged to Messi. It came out 3 minutes after kickoff. Messi, who received Neymar’s roving pass from the left inside the penalty box, emptied the goal and fired a left-footed shot through the goalkeeper who ran out. The relay camera immediately caught Ronaldo’s stern expression.
While Ronaldo struggled, PSG’s offensive continued, such as Neymar and Mbappe’s shooting continued. Mbappe, who received Messi’s pass in the 25th minute of the first half, shook the net, but was declared offside.
Ronaldo called Menggun. In the 32nd minute of the first half, in a free kick situation, PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas hit the face of Ronaldo who was aiming for a header without touching the ball. A penalty kick was called. Ronaldo, whose left cheekbone was slightly swollen, successfully scored a penalty kick with his right foot in the 34th minute of the first half and performed his signature heavy rain ceremony.
Five minutes later, an unexpected situation occurred. PSG’s Joao Bernat was sent off after fouling Riyad Eleven’s counterattack. Messi and Ronaldo even had a war of words. Although one person was reduced, PSG’s performance did not decrease. In the 43rd minute of the first half, Mbappe’s cross was pushed into the goal by Marquinhos, leading again. After winning a penalty kick in the first half, Neymar stepped up as a kicker himself, but was blocked by Muhammad Al Owais’ save.
Again Ronaldo strikes back. In the 51st minute of the first half, he hit a header in a cross situation, and again pushed the ball that Navas hit with his left foot to tie the score again. Ronaldo sprinted with his tongue out and his arms open. 안전놀이터
Mbappe did not stand still in the flame clash of his brothers. Mbappe showed off his brilliant personal skills in the 8th minute of the second half and took control of the opponent’s defense, then gave the ball to Ramos, and Ramos scored PSG’s third goal. Jang Hyun-soo also shone. In the 11th minute of the second half, in a corner kick situation, Jang Hyun-soo, who dug into the near post, changed the direction with his head and split the net. Jang Hyun-soo showed a heart ceremony with his colleague.
In the 14th minute of the second half, Messi’s cross near the box hit the defender’s hand. A penalty kick was called. In the 15th minute of the second half, Mbappe stepped up as a kicker and shook the net coolly, making the scoreboard 4-3. At this point, Meho Daejeon came to an end. In the 16th minute of the second half, Riyad Eleven replaced three players, including Ronaldo. Then, a minute later, PSG also replaced eight players one after another, including Messi, Neymar, and Mbafe. In the 33rd minute of PSG’s second half, Hugo Ekitike, who is evaluated as the ‘second Mbappe’, scored a key goal in a counterattack situation. Riyad Eleven defended his pride in the 49th minute of the second half with Anderson Talliska’s wonderful left-footed mid-range shot. Messi and Ronaldo, who were watching the game from the bench, responded by raising their hands whenever their faces were reflected on the screen and cheers from the crowd filled the stadium, which could accommodate 68,000 people.