Ronaldo nets 2, Messi 1 as PSG win Saudi pleasant


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi each scored as Paris Saint-Germain beat the Riyadh Season Workforce 5-4 on the King Fahd Worldwide Stadium on Thursday.

Ronaldo scored twice in his first recreation since signing for Saudi Professional League aspect Al Nassr following his departure from Manchester United.

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Messi, again with PSG after successful the World Cup with Argentina, acquired the primary aim of the sport earlier than Ronaldo equalised for the Saudi choose staff — made up of gamers from Al Nassr and Riyadh rivals Al Hilal — with a well-struck penalty.

Throughout a frantic finish to the primary half, PSG defender Juan Bernat was despatched off, Marquinhos put the French champions 2-1 up, Neymar missed a penalty and Ronaldo scored his second of the night after his header had rebounded off the put up.

Each Ronaldo and Messi have been substituted after 60 minutes however they have been nonetheless on the pitch lengthy sufficient to see Ramos put PSG 3-2 up, Saudi choose defender Jang Hyun-Soo equalise and Kylian Mbappe rating a penalty to make it 4-3.

Substitute Hugo Ekitike scored once more for PSG and Anderson Talisca acquired a late comfort as the sport completed 5-4.

With Ronaldo leaving European membership soccer for Saudi, it is presumably the final time he’ll share a pitch with long-time rival Messi.

The pair, who’ve received 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them, final met when Juventus confronted Barcelona within the Champions League in 2020.

After PSG’s journey to the Center East, they’re again in motion in opposition to Pays de Cassel within the French Cup on Monday.

Ronaldo, in the meantime, is about to function for Al Nassr for the primary time on Sunday after his debut was delayed resulting from a two-match suspension handed down by the English FA for an incident throughout his spell at Outdated Trafford.

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