Al Nassr’s rivals ‘are stocking Lionel Messi shirts’ after Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

by | 4 January, 2023 | Ligue 1 News

Al Nassr's rivals appear to be stocking Lionel Messi shirts in response to Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Saudi Arabia.

Al Nassr’s rivals appear to be stocking Lionel Messi shirts in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia.

Ronaldo has jetted off to the Middle East after signing a two-and-a-half year contract with Al Nassr, who are currently leading the Saudi Pro League table.

He was a free agent after his Manchester United was terminated by mutual consent, but now Ronaldo is set to earn a whopping £173 million per season with commercial fees factored in.

Al Nassr fans are full of excitement for the signing and chanted ‘Ronaldo and ‘SIU’ in the seventh minute of their last game against Al Khaleej.

But the club’s rivals Al-Hilal have reacted by having ‘Messi 10’ shirts in thelr club shop, showing where their allegiance lies in the age-old debate.

A picture of the Messi shirts in Al Hilal’s blue colours has been circulating on social media, generating reaction aplenty.

Ronaldo and Messi, with 12 Ballon d’Ors between them, could have one last showdown as Paris Saint-Germain are set to play against a combined XI from Al Nassr and Al Hilal in a mid-season friendly.

Al Nassr’s manager Rudi Garcia joked that he wanted to sign Messi before settling on Ronaldo.

“First I tried to take Messi,” the former Roma and Lyon boss said.

Ronaldo has moved out of Europe for the first time and his contract includes a clause whereby he will serve as ambassador for Saudi Arabia‘s 2030 World Cup bid.

His transfer comes as a contradiction given previous comments where he said he “finish [his career] with dignity”.