What, when, where, why, and who is involved in PSG vs. Saudi All-Star XI?
Who will play in the match, other than Cristiano Ronaldo?
A few days ago the Saudi Arabia sporting authorities announced that their fake All-Star XI would be captained by flashy Al-Nassr signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Saudi people even went on to film a short video capturing the Armband Moment.
That's cool and all, and Ronaldo is playing in the country for the first time since arriving in it at the start of 2023. That's because he's suspended and he will have to wait until next Sunday to make his official debut with his actual team, Al-Nassr, in the Saudi league.
On PSG's side, it is fair to assume that, if only for contractual reasons, all three of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe will get at least 45 minutes of playing time each on Thursday against the Saudi All-Star XI.
Christophe Galtier is not very happy about having to play this game, let alone spending days away from the Camp des Loges at all, but alas. He will be forced to play his three geniuses whether he wants or not.
The Athletic has quoted the PSG coach questioning this whole spectacle. “Is it well placed? We had to respect the commitment that was made. I comply with the commitments that have been made.” He also resigned himself to saying that “the commitment was made last season, the club must respect it.”
In fact, it's more than probable that all PSG players make even a small cameo against the Saudi contingent as there are very high stakes involved in this silly match on the purely economical side of things.
The Saudi squad will feature world-renowned talents such as Pity Martinez, Matheus Pereira, Salem Al-Dawsari, Talisca, Luiz Gustavo, Andre Carrillo, Vincent Aboubakar, and Moussa Marega.
Also, there will be a famous coach and PSG legend coaching the Saudi All-Star XI, former River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo.