A Saudi tycoon paid $2.6 million to see Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Riyadh

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How much would you be willing to pay to see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the same pitch? A Saudi tycoon has decided to fork out $2.6 million for a ticket to the friendly between paris saint germainwhere the world champion plays Argentina in Qatar 2022, and the combination of the best players from Al-Nassr, the Portuguese’s new club, and Al-Hilal, led by Marcelo Gallardo.

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as mentioned RMC Sportsone of the media best informed about PSG news,”a Saudi real estate tycoon paid 2.4 million euros to buy at auction a ticket for the friendly between Lionel Messi’s PSG and Cristiano Ronaldo scheduled for Thursday in Riyadh.”

To promote this friendly, Turki al-Sheikh, a Royal Court adviser and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, had launched a charity auction. Up for grabs were not only a ticket to the match, but also VIP benefits: photo sessions with the players and access to the dressing room.

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The auction, which started at 1 million Saudi riyals (245,000 euros, about 266,000 dollars), ended with an offer of 10 million riyals (2,600,000 dollars) made by a real estate magnate, Mushref al-Ghamdi.

The announcement was made by Turki al-Sheikh on his Twitter account. “Congratulations my brother Musharraf Al-Ghamdi… Ten million rials for charity and the charity platform… And win a ticket beyond belief. get ready. Our program starts tomorrow, God willing… And based on your good works, Lord,” she wrote.

The first game of CR7 in the Saudi kingdom

The match will see Argentinian world champion Lionel Messi’s PSG face off against a team made up of the best players from the Saudi formations of Al-Nassr, the new club of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, and Al-Hilal, which will be led by the Argentine Marcellus Gallardo.

The match will be CR7’s first in the Saudi kingdom since signing Al-Nassr from Manchester United at the end of December. This will precede his league debut, scheduled for Sunday.

The 37-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al-Nassr, will receive 200 million euros and the same for being the future ambassador of the likely Saudi bid for the 2030 World Cup.

In addition to Ronaldo, the player selection of Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal will include Salem Al-Dawsariscorer of the winning goal in Saudi Arabia’s surprise win against Argentina on their World Cup debut in Qatar.

Opposite, PSG will be introduced not only to world champion Lionel Messi, but also to the French runner-up kylian mbappe and the Moroccan semi-finalist Ahraf Hakimi.

Source: Clarin

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