The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was not satisfied with attracting a group of the world’s most global stars, led by legendary Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and securing the services of the renowned Italian coach Roberto Mancini for its national team; the Kingdom has gone a step further. They didn’t even stop at obtaining the honor of hosting the World Cup finals or hosting the Club World Cup.
The Gulf Kingdom does not stop, and today they unveil the “Riyadh Season Cup,” a spectacle that reignites the perennial rivalry between Ronaldo and his Argentine counterpart Lionel Messi.
Nicknamed “the last dance” by many, this high-stakes encounter has drawn tens of thousands to the matches of the Riyadh Season Cup, as evidenced by what was revealed by the head of the General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Sheikh, about the ticket revenues for the matches that will be held at the Kingdom Arena, featuring Saudi teams Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr along with the American Side Inter Miami.
Tickets were sold for 45 million Saudi riyals ($12 million). This figure doesn’t even account for sponsorship money and the rental of spaces within the Kingdom Arena. The grand opening, marked by the symbolic cutting of the ribbon involving Al Hilal and Inter Miami, sets the stage for the much-anticipated clash between Messi and Ronaldo scheduled for next Thursday. The climax will feature a formidable face-off between Al-Nasr and Al-Hilal on February 8th.
The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo from the team’s activities over the past two weeks due to injury had Al-Alamy fans on edge, especially after the cancellation of the team’s camp in China.
However, reliable sources assure fans that “CR7” will be fit to play against Inter Miami. Inter Miami’s goalkeeper, Drake Callender, lauded the Roshan Saudi Professional League, emphasizing its growth parallel to its American counterpart. Callender expressed admiration for the league’s stellar lineup, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Yassin Bounou, and David Ospina. He also highlighted the recent addition of Croatian sensation Ivan Rakitic to the “Al Shabab” squad, a move he sees as a robust enhancement to the league.
In a final note, Callender shared his positive impressions of Saudi Arabia stating: “We are exploring Saudi Arabia. It is a beautiful kingdom and the streets are quiet. We are also staying in a wonderful hotel, and I noticed that the urban development is great.”
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