The highly anticipated duel between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been postponed due to the Portuguese international’s illness. Al-Nassr injury prevents Ronaldo-Messi match. Ronaldo will not play in Thursday’s Riyadh Season Cup encounter between Messi, Inter Miami, and Al-Nassr.
Al-Nassr injury prevents Ronaldo-Messi match
According to his manager, Luis Castro, the 38-year-old is currently dealing with a muscle issue and is not yet ready to play for the Saudi Pro League team.
“We will not watch [Messi vs. Ronaldo]. Ronaldo is nearing the end of his rehabilitation and will soon rejoin the group. We hope he will be able to start training with the team within the next few days. “He will be unavailable for the game,” he said.
Due to Ronaldo’s injury last week, Al-Nassr’s two-game tour to China had to be cancelled. They were set to play Zhejang and Shanghai Shenhua.
“As you are aware, there are certain aspects of football over which you have no influence. I’ve played football for 22 years and haven’t had many injuries. So I’m very upset since Al-Nassr and I have traveled to China to enjoy the tour. I’ve been going to China since 2003/2004, so I feel at home here, like it’s my second home,” Ronaldo added, apologising to the supporters.
On Wednesday, Inter Miami lost their first club-friendly encounter in Saudi Arabia, 4-3, to Al Hilal, a Saudi Pro League team. Despite Messi and Suarez’s two goals, the former Barcelona strikers lost 4-3 to the Saudi squad.