Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Deny Reports of Riyadh Friendly Dubbed ‘Last Dance’

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Deny Reports of Riyadh Friendly Dubbed ‘Last Dance’

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • The planned friendly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has been put on hold momentarily
  • This is after Inter Miami denied reports confirming a friendly match scheduled for next year
  • Messi and Ronaldo last met in January this year when the former was at Paris Saint-Germain

Inter Miami have come out to deny reports of a friendly match between them and Al-Nassr next year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The game had attracted interest on social media after multiple media outlets confirmed the reports. It is a game that had been dubbed the 'Last Dance' with foes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo rekindling their rivalry.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi compete for the ball during a past encounter. Photo by Franck Fife.
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Organisers had confirmed that Inter Miami and Al-Nassr will make up the Riyadh Season Cup tournament, with the former coming in as guests. The three-team competition will also feature Neymar's Al-Hilal.

"We look forward to welcoming everyone from Inter Miami in February for the Riyadh Season Cup, which will bring together a number of the biggest international stars from across all three clubs competing," said Turki Alalshikh, the chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority as quoted by the Athletic.

Inter Miami statement on Al-Nassr friendly

The Major League Soccer Side has, however, put out a statement disputing their involvement in the said friendly.

"Earlier today, an announcement was issued stating that Inter Miami CF is scheduled to play in the Riyadh Season Cup. This is inaccurate. The release included statements attributed to team owner Jorge Mas. Mas has made no comments, publicly or privately, in relation to the preseason tour," said the club in a statement.

However, a check by Sports Brief a few hours later revealed that the statement on Inter Miami's website had been pulled down, adding controversy to the state of the friendly match.

The potential meeting between Messi and Ronaldo had attracted interest, given the high proportions of success they have achieved in their careers. The two shared the grandest of stages for close to 15 years, especially during their days in the Spanish La Liga.

Ronaldo settles long-standing GOAT debate

Sports Brief also reported on Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps ending the raging GOAT debate with his latest thoughts on the enduring rivalry between himself and Lionel Messi.

The long-standing and impassioned debate regarding who holds the title of the greatest of all time between these two football legends is one that may continue indefinitely.

However, Ronaldo's remarks during Portugal's press conference could be seen as a pivotal moment in potentially settling this debate once and for all.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)