PSG vs Saudi All-Star XI LIVE: Stream, TV channel, teams, kick-off time as Ronaldo & Messi set to square off – updates | The Sun
CRISTIANO RONALDO and Lionel Messi are set to square off today as PSG take on a Saudi All-Star XI out in Riyadh.
Ex-Manchester United man Ronaldo moved to Al-Nassr at the end of 2022 in a blockbuster deal, while Messi has returned to club action following his World Cup win with Argentina.
And now the pair will face each other again as the Parisian club travel to Saudis to take on an all-star side.
- Start time: 5pm
- TV/Live stream: BeIN Sports/PSG YouTube
- Saudi All-Stars XI: To follow
- PSG XI: To follow
Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…
When is Saudi All-Star XI vs PSG?
- Saudi All-Star XI's eye-catching encounter against Paris Saint-Germain will happen on TODAY – Thursday, January 19.
- It is scheduled to get underway at 5pm UK time – 8pm local time.
- King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the allocated arena for this match and it can host approximately 68,752 supporters.
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi last met in a 2020 Champions League fixture between Juventus and Barcelona.
Is Saudi All-Star XI vs PSG on TV and can it be live streamed?
- Unfortunately, Saudi All-Star XI vs PSG will NOT be broadcast live on any of the UK TV channels.
- However, PSG's official channel is set to be showing the entire action.
- Alternatively, subscription members can head to the beIN SPORTS streaming service as they will have access to the match.
- Or follow SunSport's live blog to keep up with minute-by-minute coverage.
What is the team news?
Cristiano Ronaldo will captain the All-Star XI side and he could be partnered by Vincent Aboubakar who reportedly had his contract terminated in wake of Ronaldo's signature at Al Nassr.
But another former Manchester United forward, Odion Ighalo, is also expected to be in the side.
Elsewhere, PSG boss Christophe Galtier could be tempted to go strong before resting his big hitters ahead of their return to French Cup action.
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And that means a potential start for the trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and World Cup winner Lionel Messi.
- Kieran Davies
Interview with friend was undoing
Despite his lingering desire to get his hands on the Champions League trophy one last time, Ronaldo – whose second spell at Manchester United came to a bitter end following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
As he looked for some sort of exit from Old Trafford, Ronaldo was lured to Saudi Arabia as he embarks on a new challenge in the twilight of his career.
The striker will feel he still has plenty to offer and will no doubt let his football do the talking.
- Kieran Davies
Debut for Portuguese star
The encounter sees a selection of stars from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal join forces to tackle the French champions, as Ronaldo prepares to make his bow in Saudi Arabia.
Preparing to wear the captain's armband as he steps out onto the field in Saudi Arabian colours for the first time.
A glamour tie with PSG may not be what Ronaldo envisaged for his debut, but the 37-year-old can bask in adulation from the first whistle until the last.
- Kieran Davies
Clash of the titans
La Liga fans were spoilt with at least four of these games every season when Ronaldo was at Madrid and Messi leading Barcelona’s front line.
To see two greats of the modern game go head to head will be footballing heaven for fans all over the world.
Ronaldo, after the year he has had on the pitch, will be looking to show everyone he is every bit the player he was in years gone by.
- Kieran Davies
Welcome to PSG v Saudi All-Star XI
The latest instalment of the Ronaldo vs Messi saga continues this evening as PSG travel to the King Fahd Stadium to face a Saudi All-Star XI in the Riyadh Season Cup.
CR7 is expected to captain the home team, wearing the number 9 shirt, but another ex-Man Utd player is expected to be involved as Odion Ighalo could push Ronaldo into a wide role tonight.
The Saudis have plenty of attacking threat, with Moussa Marrega, Anderson Talisca and Andre Carillo, but Vincent Aboubakar has apparently had his contract terminated with Ronaldo’s arrival.
Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored Saudi Arabia’s stunner against Argentina in the World Cup, is expected to play but Al-Nassr goalkeeper David Ospina is out with an elbow injury.
As for PSG, it would not be a surprise if Galtier brings a strong squad to Saudi Arabia after putting out a second-string XI in the Coupe de France, so Messi and Ronaldo will come face to face in this encounter.
However, Presnel Kimpembe will not be involved due to injury, and the manager will aboid taking any risks with Nuno Mendes and Marco Verratti.
Paulo Sarabia has completed his move from PSG to Wolves.
Galtier may give the fans what they want this evening with a Messi, Mbappe and Neymar front-three from the start, with second-choice keeper Keylor Navas playing, who has been rumoured to be a target for Ronaldo to convince to come to Al-Nassr.
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