Correspondent Lee Jae-sang = Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nasr) scored multiple goals in front of Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) in his official debut match in Saudi Arabia. Messi also scored the opening goal and led the team to victory, living up to its name.
The Al-Nasr and Al-Hilal joint team (Riyadh season team) lost 4-5 in a friendly match against PSG held at the Kingfat International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 20th (Korean time).
On this day, on the 31st of last month, Ronaldo’s first match in the Al Nasr uniform drew attention. Al Nasr officially announced the signing of Ronaldo on the 31st of last month. It is known that he will receive 200 million euros (about 270 billion won) a year, including annual salary and advertising, until June 2025.
It was Ronaldo’s debut match and possibly the last ‘meho match’ against his rival Messi, capturing the attention of soccer fans.
Ronaldo started the match wearing the captain’s armband in the team against Al-Hilal, and scored two goals, including a penalty kick, drawing cheers from the crowd. Messi also scored the opening goal and contributed to the team’s one-goal victory.
PSG started with Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the front line that day. Ronaldo was also on the starting list for the Riyadh United Team, and Jang Hyun-soo (Al-Hilal), a former Korean national defender, also played as a center back. 먹튀검증
The competition between Ronaldo and Messi was fierce from the beginning in the ‘Meho War’, which took place in an unexpected background.
The opening goal belonged to Messi. Messi shook the net with a left-footed shot after Neymar’s penetrating pass in the third minute of kick-off.
Ronaldo was not alone. Ronaldo, who showed light movements from the beginning, won a penalty kick midway through the first half. Ronaldo was about to head in from a set piece, but PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas kicked him in the face and the referee awarded a penalty kick.
Ronaldo finished the penalty he had won with a calm right-footed shot. Ronaldo roared with his signature ‘heavy rain ceremony’.
PSG were outnumbered in the 39th minute by Juan Bernat’s sending off, but took the lead again with Marquinhos’ goal in the 43rd minute.
Ronaldo immediately responded with a goal in extra time in the first half to make it 2-2. Ronaldo’s header hit the post and the PSG defense erroneously cleared it, and Ronaldo again split the goal net with a left-footed shot.
The second half also went in the form of a slugfest. PSG gained momentum in the 8th minute of the second half with a goal by defender Ramos who received Mbappe’s cross.
Jang Hyun-soo, who came out as a defender for the Riyadh combined team, also scored a goal from a set piece. In the 11th minute of the second half, Jang Hyun-soo shook the net with a header that only changed the direction of a corner kick from the right. Al-Hilal defender Jang Hyeon-soo was delighted with a ring kiss ceremony and a heart drawn over his head.
Ronaldo was replaced in the 16th minute of the second half, and Messi in the 17th minute of the second half.
It was PSG who laughed amidst the slugfest.
PSG ran away 5-3 with Mbappe’s penalty kick in the 15th minute of the second half and Hugo Ekitike’s additional goal in the 23rd minute of the second half. In the Riyadh United team, Anderson Talisca scored a goal in extra time in the second half, but there was not enough time to turn the game around.