Watch Rare GOAT Moment As Ronaldo Stopped Messi in His Tracks With Perfect Tackle

Watch Rare GOAT Moment As Ronaldo Stopped Messi in His Tracks With Perfect Tackle

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a punch in the face to score twice against PSG in an exciting reunion with Lionel Messi
  • Ronaldo and Messi traded goals in what could be the last clash between the two greats
  • The Portuguese superstar was named the man of the match in his first-ever game on Saudi soil

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi further proved why they are considered the greatest footballers of their generation and by extension greatest footballers of all time.

The superstar duo crossed paths for the first time since a UEFA Champions League tie at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Juventus in December 2020.

Ronaldo and Messi, who boast an incredible 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them, traded goals in an enthralling exhibition match this time around staged in Riyadh.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rolled back the years in an exciting nine-goal thriller. Photo credit: @brfootball/Twitter Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images
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Messi drew first blood for PSG, who are on a mid-season tour in the Middle East, before long-time rival Ronaldo responded with a first-half brace.

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Despite PSG edging Riyadh XI, a select side from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, the night belonged to Ronaldo, who stole all the headlines for the right reasons, per Al Jazeera.

In one of the highlight reels of the game, Messi tried to evade a press by gliding through the Riyadh XI defence, however, an alert Ronaldo stopped him in his tracks with a perfect tackle, Sportstar reports.

The video has since gone viral with many crediting CR7 for his flawless tackle on his nemesis.

Ronaldo nutmegs PSG star

Cristiano Ronaldo struck again as he pulled off an incredible piece of skill during Riyadh XI's clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday evening.

The 37-year-old produced a moment of pure magic in the first half at the King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

The Portugal icon bamboozled Carlos Soler with some fancy footwork- leaving, the PSG midfielder looking somewhat embarrassed.

Mbappe inspects Ronaldo's bruise

Sports Brief earlier reported that 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.