Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami FC is poised to ignite fireworks in Saudi Arabia early next year as they lock horns with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr. The Major League Soccer (MLS) club revealed this highly anticipated showdown as part of its 2024 preseason international tour.
The MLS powerhouse divulged their strategic move, unveiling plans to traverse to Saudi Arabia during their preseason for the prestigious Riyadh Season Cup. This tour marks a historic milestone as the team’s maiden international venture, bringing two pulsating matches against Saudi juggernauts Al-Hilal SFC and Al Nassr FC in a riveting round-robin tournament.
Scheduled for Monday, January 29, at 1 PM ET, and Thursday, February 1, at 1 PM ET, Inter Miami gears up to face off against Al-Hilal and Al Nassr, setting the stage for an unparalleled soccer spectacle.
The Riyadh Season Cup, a captivating three-team round-robin affair, serves as the nucleus of Inter Miami’s global campaign, with pit stops planned in El Salvador and Hong Kong.
Miami’s showdowns are slated to unfold at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. Xavier Asensi, Inter Miami’s chief business officer, expressed enthusiasm about this significant opportunity to forge enduring connections with fervent fans.
In a statement, Asensi conveyed, “This is another major opportunity to create lasting relationships with passionate fans. We are excited to connect with new supporters in Saudi Arabia, and also hope people all over the world will be tuning in to see a pair of dream matches like these.”
The allure of the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry adds an unparalleled allure to this clash. Having confronted each other more than 30 times in their illustrious careers, these titans of the sport possess a combined tally of 13 Ballon d’Or awards, with Messi leading the race 8 to 5.
Following Messi’s departure from Paris St Germain, he was presented with an offer to play in the Saudi league. However, he opted to join Miami, where his influence guided the team to triumph in the Leagues Cup, simultaneously catapulting ticket prices to unprecedented heights.
The impending clash between Messi’s Inter Miami and Ronaldo’s Al Nassr promises an unforgettable showdown, captivating global audiences and setting the stage for an iconic battle between two of soccer’s greatest luminaries.