Well-known masters with a European past will marry the stars of Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday, January 19, Cristiano Ronaldo will meet again with Lionel Messi. PSG will play with the stars of the Saudi teams Al Nassr and Al Hilal. Even though the Portuguese did not play a single match for the new club, he will be the captain of the local dream team. The game will start at 20:00 Moscow time at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. We tell you who else will play for the team of Cristiano Ronaldo with PSG.
Who will play for the team of stars "Al Nassr" and "Al Hilal"
Al Nassr goalkeeper and former Napoli, and Arsenal player David Ospina will not play against PSG. He was injured and will undergo surgery on the elbow joint. Based on the examination results, a crack was revealed in him. The recovery period is about six weeks, so Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais will come out against PSG. He represents Al Hilal.
As for the defensive line, two names may be familiar to a fan from Russia. Alvaro Gonzalez plays in the center of defense. The 33-year-old Spaniard moved to Al Nassr in the summer of 2022, having previously played for Espanyol, Villarreal, and Marseille. Ghyslaine Conan can play on the left in defense. He also joined Al Nassr in the summer from Reims.
There are a few familiar names in midfield too. Luis Gustavo is an ex-Bavaria player, now a footballer for Al Nassr. He is 35 years old and plays as a defensive midfielder, and has four goals and two assists in 13 Saudi Arabian league games this season. Colombian Gustavo Cuellar will most likely be next to him. You can remember him from the matches for the national team. He plays for Al Hilal.
Gonzalo Martinez will play in attack. Al Nassr paid €16 million for the Argentine in September. In addition, ex-Benfica midfielders Andre Carrillo and Anderson Talisca are expected to appear. The latter scored 11 goals in 11 matches of the Saudi Arabian championship. It is possible that former Sporting and West Bromwich player Mateus Pereira and former Porto winger Moussa Marega will enter the field. Both play for Al Hilal.
In addition to Cristiano Ronaldo, Vincent Abubakar can play on the edge of the attack. Previously, he played for Lorient and Porto. But his participation could be more questionable. The striker has a conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo, and he will leave the club. Former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo and former Atlético striker Luciano Vietto could come out ahead of Al Hilal. The Nigerian is the Saudi club's top scorer right now.
According to L'Équipe, PSG will earn €10m for this match. As for the confrontation between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the last time they played against each other was in December 2020. Then Juventus defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League, and the Portuguese scored a double. Will the stars of the two Saudi clubs be able to oppose PSG?