Inter Miami is currently in Saudi Arabia for their pre-season exhibition tour, set to take on Al Nassr on February 1st. The match has generated significant global interest due to the clash between two football legends, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately, Al Nassr’s manager, Luis Castro, revealed that Ronaldo to Miss Al Nassr’s match Against Messi’s Inter Miami. This decision dashes hopes of witnessing a reunion between the formidable rivals.
Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering from a reported calf injury and will not be fit in time to play in the exhibition match between Al-Nassr and Inter Miami.#CristianoRonaldo #AlNassr #LionelMessi #InterMiami pic.twitter.com/aPbOLdXU7f
— InsideSport (@InsideSportIND) February 1, 2024
The renowned Portuguese football star, Ronaldo, transitioned to the Saudi Pro League following a highly publicized dispute with his former club, Manchester United, just ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Ronaldo chose to join Al Nassr after a contentious interview with Piers Morgan, during which he strongly criticized the English club. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner severed all ties with Manchester United due to his harsh remarks and was subsequently transferred during the next transfer window.
Moving to the Saudi Pro League prompted several well-known football players to join the ambitious project in the Middle Eastern nation. Notable figures such as Karim Benzema, N’golo Kante, Roberto Firmino, and others followed suit in making the switch to the league in this oil-rich country. Ronaldo currently leads the goal-scoring charts in the Saudi Pro League, having scored 20 goals this season. His team holds the second position in the table with 46 points, trailing seven points behind the league leaders, Al Hilal.
In the end, the bond between the Argentine icon and his supporters soured, leading the magician from Rosario to explore new opportunities in North America. Recently, Messi clinched his eighth Ballon d’Or, extending his record, and also received the FIFA Best award, contributing to his expanding array of honors and trophies. Unfortunately, Al Nassr’s manager, Luis Castro, revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo to Miss Al Nassr’s match Against Messi’s Inter Miami.