Paris Saint-Germain will be in Saudi Arabia as part of its 2023 Qatar Tour to play a friendly against a team comprised of the best players from Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr, headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The matchup will feature Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, possibly for the last time in their careers. The 37-year-old signed with Al-Nassr this month after leaving Manchester United in November.
Now, for how long will football fans see Messi and Ronaldo on the pitch for this friendly? ESPN’s Rodrigo Fáez reported on Tuesday that the Portugal international is going to play at least 45 minutes.
🚨Se espera que Cristiano Ronaldo juegue 45 minutos en el partido de exhibición del jueves contra el PSG de Messi
— Rodrigo Fáez 🕶🐝 (@RodrigoFaez) January 17, 2023
Fáez didn’t specify whether those minutes for the former Real Madrid star will come in the first or second half. Nonetheless, if Messi starts for PSG, there’s no doubt that Ronaldo is playing those 45 minutes to start the game.
Additionally, the report states that this friendly has two million online ticket requests as many want to watch history on Thursday. Those attending the event could have the bragging rights of saying they witnessed the last game between Messi and Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, PSG will come away as a winner regardless of the result, considering the team is reporting earning around €10 million for the matchup.