Saudi tycoon pays $2.6m to attend Messi vs Ronaldo friendly

A Saudi real estate tycoon has paid $2.6 million, or around 2.4 million euros, to auction off a ticket for the friendly match between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday in Riyadh, the official announced. organizer of the sale on Tuesday.

The meeting will oppose the Paris SG of the Argentinian world champion Lionel Messi to a selection made up of the best players of the Saudi formations of Al-Nassr, new club of the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, and Al-Hilal.

To promote this friendly match, Turki al-Sheikh, adviser to the Royal Court and head of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, had launched a charity auction. In-game: A ticket to the game with VIP benefits such as player photo ops and dressing room access.

The auction, which started at 1 million Saudi riyals (266,000 dollars, 245,000 euros), ended with an offer of 10 million riyals (2.6 million dollars, 2.4 million euros) made by a real estate magnate, Mushref al-Ghamdi.

First match of CR7 in Saudi Arabia

The match will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s first in the Saudi kingdom since signing from Al-Nassr in late December. It will precede his league debut, scheduled for Sunday.

The 37-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al-Nassr, will receive 200 million euros and as much to be the future ambassador of the probable Saudi bid for the 2030 World Cup. .

In addition to Ronaldo, the selection of players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal will include Salem Al-Dawsari, author of the winning goal in Saudi Arabia’s surprise success against Argentina during the World Cup in Qatar.

Opposite, PSG will present themselves among others with the Argentinian world champion Lionel Messi, the French vice-world champion Kylian Mbappé and the Moroccan semi-finalist Achraf Hakimi.

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