RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A soccer fan has paid $2.6 million for a VIP ticket to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go head-to-head in Saudi Arabia.
The exhibition match at King Fahd Worldwide Stadium on Thursday will characteristic Paris Saint-Germain and Messi dealing with a choose aspect made up of gamers from Al Hilal and Ronaldo’s new membership Al Nassr.
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A particular “Beyond Imagination” ticket for the match was auctioned off by the Saudi authorities’s leisure arm promising the winner the chance to satisfy Ronaldo and Messi, in addition to entry to the staff dressing rooms and trophy award.
The bidding began at $260,000 however ultimately rose to $2.6m earlier than closing on Wednesday. The cash raised will reportedly be donated to charity. Thursday’s match in Riyadh might be the final time Ronaldo and Messi take the sector collectively.
The 2 gamers, thought-about among the many finest within the historical past, final featured in the identical sport in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus in December 2020.
The pleasant fixture can even mark Ronaldo’s first soccer since signing a contract price greater than $214m a yr with Saudi Professional League aspect Al Nassr.
The 37-year-old, who left Manchester United in December, has been made to attend for his debut when he was hit by a two-match suspension handed down by the English FA after being discovered responsible of smacking a cellphone out of a fan’s hand following United’s defeat to Everton in April.
He’s set to make his aggressive debut for Al Nassr in opposition to Ettifaq on Sunday.