Cristiano Ronaldo’s clash with Lionel Messi lived up to its billing, as they both scored as Paris Saint-Germain beat the Riyadh Season Team 5-4 on Thursday.
Ronaldo bagged a brace in his first match since signing for Al Nassr.
Messi got the first goal of the game before Ronaldo equalised for the Saudi select team — made up of players from Al Nassr and Riyadh rivals Al Hilal — with a well-struck penalty.
During a frantic end to the first half, PSG defender Juan Bernat was sent off, Marquinhos put the French champions 2-1 up, Neymar missed a penalty and Ronaldo scored his second of the evening after his header had rebounded off the post.
Both Ronaldo and Messi were substituted after 60 minutes but they were still on the pitch long enough to see Ramos put PSG 3-2 up, Saudi select defender Jang Hyun-Soo equalise and Kylian Mbappe score a penalty to make it 4-3.
Substitute Hugo Ekitike scored again for PSG and Anderson Talisca got a late consolation as the game finished 5-4.
With Ronaldo having left European club football for Saudi, it’s possibly the last time he will share a pitch with longtime rival Messi.