The world of football is buzzing with excitement as the first week of February 2024 approaches. This will be the “last dance” between two of the greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi (36) and Cristiano Ronaldo (38). Both players have marked a football era and will meet again at the World Cup in 2026, led by Argentina and Portugal.
On that day, Inter Miami and Al-Nassr will face off in Riyadh as part of a mini-tournament (Riyadh Season Cup) in which Al Hilal will also participate. The tournament will be played in a league format, meaning everyone against everyone, and the exact schedule will be announced later.
Croatian national team member Marcelo Brozović will be directly involved in this historic match, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate. If that match were played a few months later, Luka Modrić may also participate, given that all participants in the tournament are potential clubs for continuing his career. However, only next summer.
Messi and Ronaldo have met 37 times on the field so far, with Messi being slightly more successful (17-11 wins). Nine of their matches have ended in a draw. Their last clash was particularly memorable when Messi and PSG beat (5-4) the combined team of Al-Nassr and Al Hilal led by Ronaldo.
The debate about who is greater between these two players will continue to rage on, but one thing is certain – they both changed the sport and set boundaries that will be hard to break in the foreseeable future.