Cristiano Ronaldo has been appointed captain of the Saudi All-Star XI for a friendly match against Paris Saint Germain, reported Goal.com.
The much-anticipated clash between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will take place in Riyadh on January 19. The Saudi All-Star XI will comprise players from Ronaldo’s current team Al Nassr and Al-Hilal.
This is the first time Ronaldo and Messi will play against each other since December 2020, when Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League.
Turki Al-Sheikh, the sitting chairman of Saudi Arabia’s general authority for entertainment, confirmed the news in a Twitter post where a video was attached displaying Ronaldo receiving the captain’s armband and his shirt for Thursday’s friendly.
Ronaldo, last month, signed a two-year deal with Al Nassr after terminating his contract with Manchester United.