‘The Last Dance’ – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to meet again in Inter Miami vs Al Nassr friendly in Saudi Arabia
Next February's match has been labelled 'The Last Dance'.
Messi, 36, left Paris Saint-Germain to join the MLS side in July on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Ronaldo, 38, meanwhile is coming up to one year in the Saudi Pro League having signed for Al Nassr last January after his acrimonious departure from Manchester United.
The friendly is set to take place at King Fahd Stadium, part of Riyadh Season in Saudi which already includes some of the biggest boxing shows in recent history.
Inter Miami vs Al-Nassr will take place the same month as the historic heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk which was confirmed last week.
A statement from Turki Alalshikh, chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, said: ‘We look forward to welcoming everyone from Inter Miami in February for the Riyadh Season Cup, which will bring together a number of the biggest international stars from across all three clubs competing.
‘The excitement and global interest that we expect this tournament to generate expands upon one of our main aspirations for Riyadh Season – to create international events that visitors to Riyadh and fans around the world can all enjoy.’
Between 2008 and 2017, Messi and Ronaldo won every Ballon d’Or award as they dominated world football.
The rivals last played against each other in January this year when Messi was still a PSG player.
In what was Messi’s first game back after winning the World Cup with Argentina and Ronaldo’s first after signing for Al-Nassr, both scored in a 5-4 win for the French giants.
Ronaldo has scored 16 times in 17 appearances for his side this season.
After arriving in the US in the summer, Messi hit 11 in 14 appearances playing for Inter.
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