Heartwarming Footage Shows How Ronaldo Embraces Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar With Respect
- The much-talked-about Riyadh XI vs Paris Saint-Germain yielded several heartwarming moments
- While the match itself produced nine goals, the takeaways from the exhibition match left many hearts melted
- Most especially the heartwarming moments between Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe and Neymar
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi proved football rivalry might be overestimated with the superstar duo demonstrating their respect for each other.
Ronaldo and Messi crossed paths for what might be the last time in an exhibition match staged in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, January 19.
Regardless, the pair, who share a staggering 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them, made the most of the moment.
In a viral video, that has garnered over 8 million views, Ronaldo, who captained a select side from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal against PSG, was filmed hugging Messi.
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Before embracing his great rival, the 37-year-old had earlier clasped his arms around Brazilian Neymar and Mbappe, who openly idolizes the Portuguese maestro.
In the said fixture, Ronaldo and Messi traded goals while Mbappe scored from the spot after Neymar had earlier missed from 12 yards in an action-packed nine-goal thriller, per Indian Express.
Ronaldo is expected to make his competitive bow for Al-Nassr against Al-Etiffaq on Sunday, per GOAL.
Meanwhile Mbappe, Messi and Neymar will aim at pushing PSG to the next stage of the Coupe de France.
Messi, Ronaldo hold delightful conversation
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 course of 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.
Mbappe's heartwarming moment with Ronaldo
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.
Source: Sports Brief News