As clear as water, folks. In a rather unsurprising bit of news, Sam Brooks of the Daily Mail is reporting what everybody all the World over already knew: Cristiano Ronaldo will debut and captain the Saudi All-Star XI next Thursday in their game against PSG.
PSG, of course, is the club Lionel Messi calls his own these days. See the links? Messi, PSG, Saudi Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo, GOAT, Real Madrid, Champions League, trophies, Barcelona, etc...
This friendly makes no sense at all being scheduled right in the middle of January, in a season already packed full of matchups, with players having to play a freaking winter World Cup on top of everything... until you realize there are mountains of money flying in all directions, including PSG's.
Every game pitting Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi against each other these days or in 20 years time will make every fan, hardcore and casual, stick his face to the television for 90 minutes. It is what it is, so there was no way Ronaldo was going to miss this match or PSG to leave Messi resting comfortably in Paris.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face each other one last time in Saudi Arabia
The folks from Saudi Arabia have even filmed themselves putting a fake armband on Ronaldo officially naming him captain of their fake All-Star XI, which will include players from both top-two sides playing in the country: Al-Hilal and Ronaldo's Al-Nassr.
Currently suspended and unable to appear in official games with Al-Nassr after an altercation while still playing at Manchester United, Ronaldo will make his debut since joining the Saudi Arabia club in the friendly against PSG. Whatever that means.
Ronaldo, in case you missed it, is poised to earn €200M a year in the Middle East. This might be the last "competitive" game left on Ronaldo's schedule from here to the day he retires, barring the odd friendly played with Portugal if their new coach wants to call him up.
Messi has a large past linked to Ronaldo because of their matchups when they played for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively in years past.
Barring a rumored signing of Lionel Messi with Al-Nassr rivals Al-Hilal, as reported by the Daily Mail, this might also be the last time Messi and Ronaldo play against each other at any level.
Enjoy this friendly if you want, but make sure to watch PSG Feminine take on Fleury on Friday, Jan. 16 (3:00 PM EST kick-off) as that'd be a much more interesting game to witness before the ladies come to know their UCL quarter-finals opponent on the Feb. 10 draw.