Cristiano Ronaldo Shares Delightful Photo Alongside Messi in First Remarks After Al Nassr Debut

Cristiano Ronaldo Shares Delightful Photo Alongside Messi in First Remarks After Al Nassr Debut

Rene Otinga
  • Cristiano Ronaldo expressed delight at making a return back to the pitch after a masterclass on Thursday, January 19
  • The Portugal superstar scored twice in Saudi Arabia during an all-star friendly against Paris Saint Germain
  • It was possibly the last ever meeting between Cristiano and his long term rival Lionel Messi
  • Messi also shared a snap of himself hugging Cristiano on social media in a brilliant show of respect between the two

Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time in expressing his happiness to be back on the pitch for the first time since leaving Manchester United.

The 37-year-old made his first appearance since a blockbuster move to Saudi Arabia on Thursday as the country’s all-stars came up against Paris Saint Germain in a friendly.

He showed glimpses of the brilliance his fans are so familiar with two goals as the all-stars were beaten 5-4 in what was a thriller of a match.

Cristiano, Messi, PSG, Al Nassr
Messi looks towards Cristiano Ronaldo during the Winter Tour 2023 friendly between Paris Saint-Germain and Riyadh XI at King Fahd International Stadium on January 19, 2023. Photo by Yasser Bakhsh
Source: Getty Images

Taking to social media soon after, Ronaldo ignored the fact that his side suffered defeat and instead chose to focus on the positive fact that he was back playing football.

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In a series of photos, Ronaldo even shared a snap alongside Lionel Messi, and his caption suggested he was happy to have faced the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner possibly for the last time.

'So happy to be back on the pitch, and on the score sheet!! And nice to see some old friends.' He tweeted.

Interestingly, Messi also shared the embrace with Cristiano on his Instagram in a clear indication of respect between the two superstars.

How the game went

As far as the game is concerned, both Ronaldo and Messi were on the scoresheet.

Messi found the opener just three minutes into the game, and Ronaldo netted twice to make it 2-2 at halftime, per BBC.

Both players were withdrawn in the second half, just after the hour mark to thunderous applause from the attending fans.

PSG centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Marquinhos were also on the scoresheet, while Neymar missed a penalty in the first half.

Jang Hyun-soo scored a header to make it 3-3, but Kylian Mbappe’s penalty and a goal from substitute Hugo Ekitike put PSG completely out of sight.

There was still time for more entertainment as Anderson Talisca fired in a brilliant long range consolation goal.

Kylian Mbappe ‘inspects’ Ronaldo

Sports Brief also reported on the interesting incident where Kylian Mbappe appeared to check out Cristiano’s facial injury.

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

It was delightful to see, especially because Mbappe openly idolizes Ronaldo.