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A Saudi Arabian businessman pays $2.6 million to see Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi


The ticket is for Messi's Paris Saint-Germain friendly match against a team made up of players from the Saudi teams Al Hilal and Al Nassr, a club that has just signed Ronaldo.

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A Saudi Arabian businessman won an auction for a golden ticket to see Thursday's match between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi with a bid of 10 million Saudi riyals ($2.6 million).

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The president of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) of Saudi Arabia, Turki Al Sheikh, said on Tuesday that businessman Mushref Al-Ghamdi, general manager of the real estate group AqarOne, was the winner of the offer for the ticket "Beyond of the imagination”, which offers the holder a seat in the friendly match of Paris Saint-Germain against a team made up of players from the Saudi teams Al Hilal and Al Nassr, a club that has just signed Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi last met in the Champions League in 2020. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a video posted on Al Sheikh's Twitter account, the winning bidder will be able to attend the opening ceremony, watch the match alongside the GEA president, and have the opportunity to meet Ronaldo and Messi, as well as the other stars of the PSG, Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé.

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The winner of the auction, Al-Ghamdi, will also attend a gala luncheon and will be able to enter the dressing rooms of both teams, as well as be part of the coronation ceremony and join a group photo with the winning team.

Al Sheikh said the money from the winning bid will go to the Saudi charity Ehsan.

On his website, Ehsan says he works to enhance "the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's leading role in development and charitable work."

This Thursday's game in the Saudi capital Riyadh will be the first time Ronaldo and Messi have met since Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League in December 2020.


Ronaldo joined Al Nassr after the World Cup in December, while Messi has been Saudi Arabia's tourism ambassador since May 2022.

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Source: cnnespanol

All news articles on 2023-01-19

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