Find out when Messi and PSG will take on a Ronaldo-led Riyadh All-Star XI and where you can watch the match unfold online.
An exciting match-up between two of the biggest names in world football will take place as Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain and a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Saudi All-Star XI face off in a friendly.
For years, Ronaldo and Messi have been the two names that come up when the discussion turns to GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) talk. Now fans will get a chance to see them play against each other again. Their last encounter was in December 2020, where a Ronaldo brace helped steer Juventus to a 3-0 Champions League win over a Messi-led Barcelona team.
Here is everything you need to know about this match.
When does the Riyadh All-Star XI vs PSG match start?
The friendly between Riyadh All-Star XI and PSG takes place at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Below are the match times and venue details.
- DATE: Thursday, January 19.
- TIME: 20:00 (local time), 18:00 (CET), 17:00 (GMT), 12:00 (ET), 09:00 (PT)
- VENUE: King Fahd Stadium
Where can you watch the match?
PSG have announced they will livestream the friendly. The French champions will charge users to watch the event from €1,99 on the following platforms:
- PSG TV
- Facebook – PSG Page
- YouTube – PSG channel (USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway ONLY)
- Twitch – PSG page
- TikTok – PSG page (China)
Where to watch the match for free
Alternatively, you could try to catch the game on a live stream by signing up for a seven-day free trial on fuboTV. You can cancel the service at any time – no questions asked!
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beIN Sports will also broadcast the Riyadh All-Star XI and PSG friendly on its free English-language network beIN SPORTS XTRA.
Will Ronaldo and Messi play?
Cristiano Ronaldo will captain the Riyadh ST XI, so it’s inevitable he will play some part of the game at least. Thursday’s friendly will be his first match in Saudi Arabia since joining Al Nassr.
PSG have not confirmed if Messi will play yet, but he is expected to feature. The forward has played two Ligue 1 matches over the past week since winning the World Cup with Argentina. He scored on his first game back against Angers, but drew a blank in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Rennes.
Who will be the manager of Ronaldo’s team?
Former River Plate manager and ex-PSG midfielder Marcelo Gallardo will coach Cristiano Ronaldo and the Riyadh ST XI.
The 46-year-old Argentine has over a decade’s worth of experience as a manager. In December, he ended a glorious eight-year spell at River Plate, winning 232 of his 424 games (D101 L91).
The three-time South American Coach of the Year led River Plate to 14 trophies in Argentina, including the Argentine Primera División and two Copa Libertadores crowns.
Riyadh All-Star XI vs PSG: Predicted Line-Ups
Riyadh ST XI: Mohammed Al-Owais; Abdulhamid, Gonzalez, Jang Hyun-soo, Ghislain Konan; Gustavo Cuellar, Salman Al-Faraj, Talisca; Andre Carillo, Odion Ighalo, Cristiano Ronaldo.
PSG XI: Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Juan Bernat; Vitinha, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.