The first week of February 2024 is marked on everyone’s calendars, as it will be the final meeting between two of the greatest footballers in history, Lionel Messi (36) and Cristiano Ronaldo (38). This iconic duo has dominated the sport for years and has set new standards that are hard to break.
On that day, Inter Miami and Al-Nassr will face off in Riyadh at the World Cup in 2026. This mini-tournament, called the Riyadh Season Cup, will also feature Al Hilal as a participant. The tournament will be played in a league format, with each team playing against every other one. The schedule for this exciting event is yet to be announced.
Marcelo Brozović, a member of the Croatian national team, will be directly involved in this historic clash as he plays for Cristiano Ronaldo’s team. If this match were to take place a few months later, Luka Modrić might also participate in it since all participants are potential clubs for his future career goals. However, only next summer can we expect him to join this star-studded lineup.
The two rivals have met 37 times on the field so far, with Messi emerging victorious slightly more often (17-11 wins). Nine matches have ended in a draw between these legendary players. Their last clash was particularly memorable when PSG won (5-4) over Al-Nassr and Al Hilal led by Ronaldo.
There is no doubt that this duo has changed football forever and set boundaries that are hard to break in the foreseeable future. Whether you prefer Messi or Ronaldo, there is no denying their impact on the game and their place among the greatest players of all time.