Lionel Messi scores after three minutes, but Cristiano Ronaldo hits twice on debut for Al-Nassr

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Cristiano Ronaldo (37) made his debut for the Saudi Al-Nassr, his new club, around 6:10 PM Belgian time, although players from Al-Hilal also participated in the friendly against PSG. However, it was his great rival Lionel Messi who made himself noticed with the opening goal in the third minute of play.

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Messi scored after a nice assist from Neymar, although goalkeeper Al Owais cooperated by coming out unorthodox.

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The gala match between the selection of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal and PSG in Riyadh was already fixed before Cristiano Ronaldo signed with the Saudi club for an annual wage of 200 million euros. By a twist of fate, that became Ronaldo’s debut match in Saudi Arabia. Both rivals shook hands before the game, although things were cool. You can see it at the end of the video below.

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Messi already scored in the third minute of play. Another three minutes later, Ronaldo – who wears the captain’s armband – fired his first shot, but Keylor Navas had little trouble with it. Ronaldo also made himself noticed by gated Soler in the eleventh minute.

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Half an hour after Lionel Messi’s goal, Ronaldo also hit. He was knocked to the ground by goalkeeper Navas in the box and was left with a bump under his eye. That didn’t stop him from shooting the penalty kick unsustainably. The stadium chanted: Siuuuuuu!

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PSG had to continue with ten men from the 39th minute after a justified red card for Bernat, who was the last man to take down a broken player. Don’t worry, because a few minutes later Marquinhos made it 1-2 for PSG on a request from Mbappé.

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In the stoppage time of the first half, Neymar was also allowed to take a penalty kick, but he kicked too weakly for Al Owais to save.

Even deeper into the stoppage time of the first half, Ronaldo made his second of the evening. His header hit the crossbar first, but he got a second chance and kicked in the rebound.

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