Cristiano Ronaldo could make Saudi Arabia debut vs Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could do battle one final time.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United late last year and is yet to debut for his new club.

Ronaldo was officially presented as an Al-Nassr player on Tuesday after signing a two-year contract with the Saudi outfit, who have reportedly made the 37-year-old the highest-paid player in football history.

However, the 37-year-old is still waiting to make his debut for his new club.

This is because CR7 will have to serve a two-game FA ban he was handed as a Manchester United player. He was punished for smashing an Everton fan’s phone as he walked off the field after a match at Goodison Park in April last year.

There are other factors preventing Ronaldo from being registered with the Saudi FA.

One of these is a foreign player will have to leave Al-Nassr as there are already eight on their books excluding the Portuguese, and the club will have to get a Certificate of Competence from the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) by granting dues to employees in the football sector.

However, Ronaldo could make finally get on the pitch in his new colours when a Saudi All-Star XI face Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in the Riyadh Season Cup on January 19.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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