Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Businessman buys worldmost

2023-01-25 07:10  คลิก:    

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face off in a friendly match between a Riyadh All-Star XI and Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, with one VIP ticket being sold at an eye-watering price

A Saudi Arabian businessman has stumped up a whopping 2.2million to watchLionel MessiandCristiano Ronaldoface off from the comfort of a VIP suite.

Ronaldo is due to make his first appearance sinceconfirming his move to the Middle Eastbycaptaining an All-Star XImade up of players from his club,Al-Nassr, and capital city Riyadh rivals Al-Hilal. Messi, meanwhile, is expected to turn out forParis Saint-Germain, despite theirLigue 1season being in full flow.

As fans across the world salivate over the prospect of seeing the two footballing icons clash for what could be the final time, spectators are shelling out eye-watering amounts of money to enjoy Thursday evenings match at the King Fahd International Stadium. Theres so much clamour in Saudi Arabia that a VIP ticket has been auctioned off for a whopping seven-figure fee.

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Bidding started at a cool 220,000 and the unprecedented and lucrative package - not unlike Ronaldos 173m deal to sign for Al-Nassr - was eventually won by real estate businessman Musharraf bin Ahmed Al-Ghamdi with an offer of 2.2m. Its believed to be the most expensive football ticket in history, with PSG superstarsKylian MbappeandNeymarpotentially on the billing, too.

The VIP ticket is part of a fundraising venture launched by Turki Al-Sheikh, whos the head of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority. The proceeds will be donated to a charity, namely Saudi Arabias Ehsan fund.

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beIN Sports have acquired the rights across to broadcast the match live in all its territories, including the Middle East and North Africa, France, Turkey, Asia, North America, and Australasia. UK fans, however, will only be able to catch highlights from the 5pm GMT kick-off.

PSG, owned by Qatar Sports Investments, are on a tour of the Middle East which will see the club earn a reported 8.7m.Christoph Galtiers side havent been in imperious form since French football resumed after theWorld Cup, losing two of their four league games.

Messi has featured in the two most recent matches, having returned to Paris after reaching the pinnacle of his prestigious career at the World Cup. The 35-year-old Argentine powered his nation to glory inQatar, as they beat MbappesFrancein the dramatic final thanks following a tense penalty shootout and 3-3 draw after extra-time.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, is at the lowest ebb of his dwindling career. At 37, the Portuguese megastar has left European club football for the first time, although he insists that his decision to join Al-Nassr wasnt fuelled by their mega-money offer.

I had many opportunities in Europe, many clubs, in Brazil, in Australia, USA, even in Portugal there is many clubs who tried to sign me but I gave my word to this club, Ronaldo claimed. Not only to develop the football but other parts of the country.

For me its a good challenge. I know what I want, I know what I dont want. For me its a good chance to help with my knowledge and experience to grow many important points. I want to give a different vision of the country, of the football, of the perspective of everybody. This is why Im here and why I took this opportunity.

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