- Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his long-awaited bow on Saudi soil on Thursday, January 19
- He came face to face with his great rival Lionel Messi in an exhibition game staged in Riyadh
- The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will however make his competitive bow for Al-Nassr on Sunday against Al-Etiffaq in the Saudi Pro League
Cristiano Ronaldo responded to Lionel Messi's opening goal with a quickfire brace in an enthralling exhibition game staged at the King Fahd Stadium.
In what was Ronaldo's first game on Saudi soil since joining Al-Nassr the Portuguese superstar stole the headlines with a first-half brace.
But it was his long-time rival Lionel Messi who drew first blood when he tucked the ball home after he was put through on goal by a delicious Neymar pass.
Ronaldo will respond just after the half-hour mark with an emphatic penalty to draw parity for the Riyadh XI, comprising players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, per AS.
Exciting feature: Check out news exactly for YOU ➡️ click on "Recommended for you" and enjoy!
PSG captain Marquinhos will restore the lead for PSG however a goal-hungry Ronaldo quickly pounced on a rebound to level the game for the second time in the game, Sky Sports reports.
Watch Ronaldo's perfectly dispatched penalty:
Below is Ronaldo's second goal:
Messi opens scoring
Lionel Messi scored a goal against an all-star Saudi team featuring Al Nassr’s newest signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening three minutes at Riyadh’s King Fahd Stadium on Thursday.
It is the Portuguese striker’s first match since signing for Riyadh team Al Nassr.
But it was Ronaldo's fierce rival Messi who netted the first goal after less than three minutes to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 lead.
Ronaldo and Messi meet again
Sports Brief earlier reported that the much-vaunted exhibition game between Paris Saint-Germain and a select side from Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr has dominated the headlines throughout the week.
The discussion has centred on perhaps the last match-up between Cristiano Ronaldo and his eternal nemesis Lionel Messi.
Despite the pair's rivalry, Messi and Ronaldo have nothing but respect for each other, which manifested just before the kick-off.