Lionel Messi and Inter Miami to play Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr in a friendly billed as 'The Last Dance' in Saudi Arabia next February

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By Jack Bezants For Dailymail.Com

Published: 11:25 EST, 21 November 2023 | Updated: 11:35 EST, 21 November 2023

Lionel Messi and Inter Miami will play against Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia in a blockbuster friendly game in February.

The game is being billed as 'The Last Dance' in what is likely the final game between two of the all-time greats of the sport.

Messi carved out the bulk of his legacy at Barcelona while Ronaldo hit similar heights at fierce rivals Real Madrid, after moving from Manchester United in 2009.

The Inter Miami man was targeted by the Saudi league and widely expected to follow Ronaldo there before ultimately deciding to join David Beckham's Major League Soccer team.

Ronaldo signed for Al Nassr in December 2022 following a bitter split from United in his second spell at the club.

The Portugal star is paid around $75million a year on a deal that runs until 2025. Messi would have earned similar wages in the Saudi league - more than in the United States - but he still earns between $50-60million in Miami.

Messi and his team failed to reach the MLS playoffs after a disastrous start to the season but they still won the Leagues Cup and made it to the final of the US Open Cup.

The game will also see Ronaldo face two other Barcelona favorites in Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, who followed Messi to Miami.

And by the time the game comes around in February, Luis Suarez could be involved as well with the striker heavily linked with a move to the MLS side from Brazilian team Gremio. 


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