Riyadh XI vs PSG: Wholesome Moment Mbappe Inspected Cristiano Ronaldo’s Bruise

Riyadh XI vs PSG: Wholesome Moment Mbappe Inspected Cristiano Ronaldo’s Bruise

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
  • Riyadh XI and PSG played out an enthralling nine-goal thriller in an exhibition game staged at the King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
  • The friendly game marked Cristiano Ronaldo's debut appearance on Saudi soil
  • He was named the man of the match following his brace in the exciting game

Kylian Mbappe shared a wholesome moment with his idol Cristiano Ronaldo during PSG's exhibition match against Ryadh XI.

The French champions who are on a mid-season tour in the Middle East crossed paths with a select side from Riyadh at the King Fahd Stadium on Thursday evening.

The said fixture coincided with Ronaldo's first bow on Saudi soil following his sensational move to Al-Nassr in the winter transfer.

Kylian Mbappe, Riyadh XI, PSG, Cristiano Ronaldo, exhibition game
Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo shared a wholesome moment during PSG's exhibition game against Riyadh XI. Photo credit: @brfootball
Source: Twitter

As expected, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner wasted no time in announcing his presence in the oil-rich nation with a first-half brace in the exhibition game.

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Ronaldo first scored from the spot before grabbing his second from a rebound as the game went into recess with both sides locked at 2-2.

But the 37-year-old's brace came at a cost, suffering an injury to his cheekbone after Navas inadvertently punched him in a 50-50 challenge.

The incident left CR7 red-faced but duly made the PSG goalkeeper pay for his 'sins'. After recess Mbappe had to check for himself the severity of the blow.

In a video circulating on social media, seen by Sports Brief, Mbappe inspected Ronaldo's cheek to ascertain the situation for himself.

Ronaldo nets brace in friendly

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.

Mbappe headline football stars who idolize CR7

Sports Brief earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo might be in the twilight of his illustrious career, but his appeal and stardom continue to radiate among fans and even footballers.

The 37-year-old former Manchester United star is currently embarking on a new adventure in the Middle East with Al-Nassr, but he's still adored by many football stars in Europe.

Aside from his undeniable football skill set, Ronaldo's charisma, peerless work ethic, sheer determination, and glamorous off-the-pitch lifestyle inspire many football stars to reach the heights attained by the Portuguese superstar.