Cristiano Ronaldo Could Face Off Against Lionel Messi One Last Time in Friendly Tie

Cristiano Ronaldo Could Face Off Against Lionel Messi One Last Time in Friendly Tie

Chukwu Ikechukwu
September 28, 2023 at 11:18 AM
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could meet again in a club friendly
  • Al-Nassr could face Inter Miami in a friendly match next year January
  • Ronaldo and Messi have faced each other 36 times during their careers

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could square up against each other for the 37th time despite both superstars playing on two continents after leaving Europe.

Considered the two greatest footballers of their generation, Ronaldo and Messi have had a fulfilling career in Europe, sharing the spotlight for almost two decades together.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had their fiercest rivalry when both stars played for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. Photo by Victor Carretero
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According to Sports Tiger, a Chinese international marketing company is looking to hold a friendly match between Inter Miami and Al-Nassr in China that will see star players Messi and Ronaldo in action against each other again.

Al-Nassr have reportedly already received their invitation to the friendly tournament, which is set to take place in January 2023, although Inter Miami are yet to be sent a formal invite to the showcase event.

Ronaldo and Messi currently are the leaders of footballers with the most Ballon d’Or titles, with the Portuguese forward having five awards compared to the Argentine forward’s seven awards.

Ronaldo and Messi head-to-head stats

Meanwhile, Messi leads the head-to-head record against Ronaldo in the 36 previous meetings involving the Inter Miami and Al-Nassr forward in one of football’s biggest rivalries.

According to ESPN, the 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina leads with 16 wins in competitive matches to Ronaldo's 11, while there have been nine draws in matches involving the pair.

Messi also has one more goal to his name in their meetings, having scored 22 to Ronaldo's 21 as the football world waits for the pair to meet again in a fresh chapter of their rivalry.

Ferdinand omits Ronaldo, Messi from GOAT List

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on ex-Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand excluding both Ronaldo and Messi from his list of the all-time top athletes in all sports.

Ferdinand, who typically leans towards the Portuguese veteran in the eternal GOAT debate, decided not to include his former teammate or his famed Argentine rival.

The former footballer, who has transitioned into punditry after calling time on his trophy-laden career, opted not to feature footballers on his list of greatest athletes.

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