Cristiano Ronaldo Row to face on football field Lionel Messi Thursday again. Ronaldo Is playing for the Saudi All-Stars against Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly. According to sources close to the club, it is Ronaldo’s first time playing in Saudi Arabia since signing a contract with Al Nassr worth more than 200 million euros ($214 million) until 2025. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is due to make his Saudi Pro League debut for Nasser on Sunday.
Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan greets the players before the match.
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To promote Thursday’s friendly, Turki Sheikh, adviser to the royal family and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, announced a charity auction for a special ticket that includes benefits such as a photo with the players and access to the dressing room. Bidding was set at 1 million Saudi riyals ($266,000), and the auction closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
The Sheikh later announced on Twitter that Mushref al-Ghamdi had won the bid of 10 million riyals ($2.6 million).
“Congratulations, you deserve it and may God reward you with good,” Sheikh said.
Proceeds from the auction will go to a national charity called Ehsan.
As well as Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain stars in action on Thursday include the French striker Kylian Mbappe and Ashraf Hakimiwho helped Morocco become the first Arab and African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar last year.
Selected Saudi teams include Salem Dowsarihe scored the winning goal in the Green Falcons’ win over Argentina in the World Cup group stage.
Oil-rich monarchy Saudi Arabia has been snapping up sports assets as part of a bid to soften its grim image, and it is often accused of “sports money laundering,” or using sports to divert attention from human rights controversies.
According to sources close to Al Nassr, Ronaldo is expected to earn a total of 400 million euros in Saudi Arabia, including his separate payments as an ambassador for the Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece World Cup bids.
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