cristiano ronaldo Facing the lined football field Lionel Messi Another Thursday. ronaldo Playing for the Saudi All-Star XI against Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly match. According to sources close to the club, Ronaldo will play football in Saudi Arabia for the first time after signing a contract that runs until 2025 and is worth 200 million euros ($214 million). The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is scheduled to make his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nasr on Sunday.
Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan greeted the players before the match.
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To promote Thursday’s friendly, Turki Al-Sheikh, an adviser to the Royal Court and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, announced a charity auction for a special ticket that will come with perks such as photo opportunities and locker room access with the players. Bidding starts at 1 million Saudi riyals ($266,000) and the auction closes at 11:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Sheikh then announced on Twitter that the winning bid of 10 million riyals ($2.6 million) had come from Musharraf al-Ghamdi.
“Congratulations, you deserve it, and may God reward you well,” said the Sheikh.
Proceeds from the auction go to a national charity campaign known as Ehsaan.
Apart from Messi, the France striker is also among the PSG stars playing on Thursday Kylian Mbappé And Ashraf Hakimiwho helped Morocco become the first Arab and African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup last year in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia is included in the selected team Salem Al-Dawsariwho scored the winning goal in the Green Falcons’ shock defeat to Argentina in the World Cup group stage.
Oil-rich monarchy Saudi Arabia, which has been stripping sports assets as part of a drive to soften its austere image, is often accused of “sportswashing”, or using sports to distract attention from human rights debates.
According to sources close to Al Nasr, Ronaldo is expected to earn a combined 400 million euros in the Kingdom, including separate payments for his work as an ambassador for the expected World Cup bids for Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece.
With AFP input
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