The first week of February 2024 will be a special day for football fans, as it will mark the “last dance” between two legendary players, Lionel Messi (36) and Cristiano Ronaldo (38), who have dominated the sport for years. It is expected that they will meet again at the World Cup in 2026, representing their respective countries, Argentina and Portugal.
In preparation for this historic match, Inter Miami and Al-Nassr will meet in Riyadh in a mini-tournament called the Riyadh Season Cup. Al Hilal will also participate in the tournament, which will be played in a league format, with everyone playing against everyone. The schedule for the tournament has not been announced yet.
One player who will be directly involved in this epic battle is Croatian national team member Marcelo Brozović, who plays for Cristiano Ronaldo’s team. If that match was played a few months later, Luka Modrić may also participate in it, as he has expressed interest in joining one of the teams participating in the tournament. However, any decision regarding his participation will only be made next summer.
Messi and Ronaldo have met on the field 37 times before this match, with Messi having slightly more wins (17-11). Nine of their matches have ended in a draw. Their last clash was particularly memorable when PSG defeated Al-Nassr and Al Hilal combined team led by Ronaldo (5-4).
Regardless of who emerges victorious on this special day, there is no doubt that these two players have changed the game and set new standards that may never be broken again.