Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show with his first-half brace for the Saudi All-Star team.© AFP
10-man Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Riyadh XI 5-4, but it was cristiano ronaldo who stole the show with his first-half brace for the Saudi All-Star team. ronaldo, who will make his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nasr on Sunday after signing for more than 200 million euros, captained a star-studded Saudi season team featuring players from his new club Al-Nasr and local rivals Al-Hilal. PSG side. Ronaldo scored twice to cancel out the strike Lionel Messi And Marquinhos in the first half
The 37-year-old Ronaldo was dressed by the PSG keeper Keylor NavasIts flailing fists but he drills the penalty and adds another on the stroke of half-time.
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Reduced to 10 after PSG Juan Bernat was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Salem Aldausari, who scored the winner for Saudi Arabia against Argentina at the World Cup last year.
In the second half, Mbappe put PSG in front, turning his marker inside-out and slotting in a simple finish. Sergio RamosEarlier, Hyun-soo Jang equalized for the hosts in the third.
But Mbappe slotted home the penalty and Hugo Ekiti made it 5-3 before Brazilian striker Talisca scored Riyadh’s fourth goal at the death.
It was the first outing in oil-rich Saudi for Ronaldo, who will make his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nasr on Sunday after signing a deal worth more than 200 million euros, according to a source close to the club.
The veteran Portuguese star will be paid an additional 200 million euros, the source told AFP, to be an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s expected joint hosting bid for the 2030 World Cup with Egypt and Greece.
(with AFP input)
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