Cristiano Ronaldo makes debut for Saudi Arabia in friendly against PSG, named captain of Riyadh ST XI

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes debut for Saudi Arabia in friendly against PSG, named captain of Riyadh ST XI


Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Saudi debut in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain after being named captain of Riyadh ST XI for this match.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi ,Has been updated: Jan 17, 2023 07:11 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo has been appointed captain of Riyadh ST XI. (AP photo)

India Today Webdesk: Cristiano Ronaldo will make his debut for the Saudi national team in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after being named captain of Riyadh ST XI.

The 37-year-old forward will lead a squad of players from Saudi sides Al Hilal and Al Nasr against PSG, which includes world champion Lionel Messi.

Riyadh ST XI will feature Saudi Arabia international Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored in a shocking group stage win against Argentina at the 2022 World Cup, and Saud Abdul Hamid.

The long-awaited clash takes place in Riyadh on Thursday. Reportedly, over 2 million online ticket his requests have been made.

Additionally, bids for VIP ‘Beyond Imagination’ tickets for the match exceeded 10 million riyals (US$2.66 million) in an auction ending on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, who joined Al Nasr after bidding a mutual farewell to Manchester United after a shocking interview, was hit by an English FA-imposed suspension for knocking a phone out of a fan’s hand in April. , missed Al Nasr’s first two matches.

Ronaldo joined the Arab team in early January in a deal estimated to be worth more than €200 million (US$216.34 million) by 2025. He will make his first appearance in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday, where Al Nasr will host Al Etifaq.

“Riyadh, thank you for your warm welcome. I look forward to seeing you tonight at the stadium,” Ronaldo said on Instagram after meeting Al Nasr.

“I’m a unique player. I’m glad to be here. I broke all the records there[in Europe]so I want to break some records here. I’m here to play, to have fun, to be part of the success of this country and its culture,” he added.

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