Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are scheduled for a final showdown in a special tournament set to take place in Saudi Arabia.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, following comments from Inter Miami Sporting Director Chris Henderson about the club’s preseason preparations, including a potential friendly against Messi’s childhood club Newell’s Old Boys.
The official details of Inter Miami’s preseason plans have now been revealed, featuring a head-to-head matchup between Messi and Ronaldo. Al-Nassr will host Messi’s team and Saudi team Al-Hilal, which includes Brazilian star Neymar, although Neymar won’t participate due to injury. The Riyadh Season Cup is set to commence in the first week of February.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have faced each other in a total of 36 matches throughout their illustrious careers, dating back to their first meeting in 2008. The upcoming match, known as ‘The Last Dance,’ marks the 37th match and is set to be the final time these two football legends compete against each other on the pitch. Messi holds the advantage in their head-to-head record, securing 16 victories compared to Ronaldo’s 11. The match is anticipated as a special and historic moment in the context of their longstanding rivalry.