PSG 5-4 Saudi All-Star XI LIVE! Ronaldo v Messi result, match stream and latest updates today

PSG 5-4 Saudi All-Star XI LIVE! Ronaldo v Messi result, match stream and latest updates today

PSG vs Saudi All-Star XI LIVE!

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi met for potentially the final time on a football pitch as Paris Saint-Germain beat the Al-Nassr star and a team of Saudi Arabia’s best players in a friendly clash. Ronaldo was given the armband as he led his team-mates from Riyadh’s top clubs to victory against his old rival, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and more.

Ronaldo is yet to play for Al-Nassr since signing a £175million-a-season deal to bring to an end his time at the peak of European football, with his competitive debut lined up for this weekend after serving a ban held over from his time at Manchester United, so today also marks the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s first action since Portugal’s shock World Cup quarter-final exit.

Follow Ronaldo vs Messi LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, with live TV coverage on PSG’s YouTube channel!

PSG vs Saudi All-Star XI highlights

  • RED CARD! Bernat sent off

  • PENALTY MISS! Neymar fluffs lines

  • First-half goals: Messi and Ronaldo both score

  • Second-half goals: Mbappe leads PSG to win

Thanks for joining us!

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:30 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his long-awaited debut in Saudi Arabian football as his Riyadh All-Star side were beaten 5-4 by Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly.

Recap the action with our full report!


PSG lift the trophy!

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:27 , Marc Mayo

The Riyadh Season cup is held aloft by Marquinhos!

Cristiano Ronaldo gets a medal

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:24 , Marc Mayo

Complete with a hefty bruise on his face from the penalty incident, he watches on with a silver medal around his neck.

The match officials next up

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:21 , Marc Mayo

Handshakes with the various dignitaries for the refereeing team.

Next up: PSG will lift their trophy!

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Thursday 19 January 2023 19:18 , Marc Mayo

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Post-match ceremony

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:16 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo named Man of the Match for a brace on his Saudi Arabian debut.

Second-half summary

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:13 , Marc Mayo

Well, what a second half that was!

With the score tied at 2-2 at the break, Sergio Ramos stabbed a finish home from Kylian Mbappe’s cross before Jang Hyun-soo hit back immediately to level.

On the hour mark, Mbappe’s penalty made it 4-3 and he was soon taken off alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Hugo Ekitike buried a smart counter before Talisca’s fine hit from range rounded off a nine-goal encounter.


Thursday 19 January 2023 19:09 , Marc Mayo

Nine goals in a thoroughly enjoyable friendly as PSG take the win.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! PSG 5-4 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:09 , Marc Mayo

90+3 mins: Talisca scores a beauty!

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:07 , Marc Mayo

90+2 mins: Another effort from the hosts is fired over after some fine work. Four minutes added on.

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:06 , Marc Mayo

90 mins: Pereira fires over and Talisca miscues a volley particularly badly as we head into stoppage time.

Ronaldo blows a kiss to the fans as he appears on the big screen.

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:04 , Marc Mayo

88 mins: Riyadh are still pushing for another goal as the home crowd give Neymar a big cheer as he appears on the big screen, before a little wave back.

Mbappe also obliges as the fans begin to drift out of the ground.

Thursday 19 January 2023 19:00 , Marc Mayo

85 mins: Two more changes for the Saudi side as ex-Bayern Munich man Luiz Gustavo comes off.

Vitinha also makes way for PSG, having come on earlier, to allow another youngster to get some minutes.

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:59 , Marc Mayo

83 mins: Talisca stands over a free-kick in a very good spot, just to the left of the D and 24 yards out.

The Brazilian whips a fierce shot over the wall... and just over the bar.

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:55 , Marc Mayo

80 mins: That was a really smart counter-attacking goal, the nature of which underlines how Riyadh XI have pushed forward and genuinely threatened another goal.

The Saudi side have played well tonight.

GGGOOOOAAALLLL!!! PSG 5-3 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:52 , Marc Mayo

78 mins: Ekitike goes on a long run and buries a finish!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:50 , Marc Mayo

76 mins: Can the All-Stars grab another goal to force a penalty shootout?

All ten players for PSG, who had Juan Bernat sent off earlier, are substitutes and most of them kids.


Thursday 19 January 2023 18:49 , Marc Mayo

74 mins: Carrillo slashes a shot from a tight angle across the face of goal and wide!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:47 , Marc Mayo

72 mins: The game has quietened down a touch so a perfect chance to rewind to the opening goal...

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:45 , Marc Mayo

69 mins: Great defending by Jang to take the ball of Ekitike as he prepared to double PSG’s advantage.

Moments later, Vitinha tries to pop in the fifth from the halfway line but the goalkeeper sees it all the way.

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:41 , Marc Mayo

66 mins: The hosts get back to chasing a fourth leveller of the day, a set piece finding Talisca deep in the box and his side-footed effort is well held by Donnarumma.

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:39 , Marc Mayo

64 mins: So, we kick-off again with both Ronaldo and Messi enjoying a well-earned rest.

Ekitike, Zaire-Emery (who’s 16), Donnarumma and Bitshiabu also introduced by PSG.

Riyadh make three changes with former Sporting CP wonderkid Pereira among those introduced.

Cristiano Ronaldo substituted!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:37 , Marc Mayo

61 mins: A first appearance in Saudi Arabian football comes to an end with a rousing reception and handshakes from all his teammates on the bench.

Lots of changes from both teams, Messi, Mbappe and Neymar depart for PSG.

GGOOOAAALLLL!!! PSG 4-3 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:35 , Marc Mayo

59 mins: No mistake from Mbappe as the goalkeeper goes the wrong way!


Thursday 19 January 2023 18:34 , Marc Mayo

58 mins: Messi’s shot is handled and we have the most convincing penalty award of the night!

VAR confirms it and Mbappe has the ball...

GGOOOOAAALLLL!!! PSG 3-3 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:31 , Marc Mayo

56 mins: JANG! A lovely header from a fine corner into the near-post!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:30 , Marc Mayo

55 mins: Ramos back down the other end to hack clear Ronaldo’s fizzed-in free-kick from a tight angle.


Thursday 19 January 2023 18:28 , Marc Mayo

53 mins: RAMOS!

A stunning run down the left from Mbappe before he hits the byline, cuts back and Ramos pokes home. Superb goal!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:27 , Marc Mayo

51 mins: A reminder that penalties will be called upon if we cannot find a winner inside 90 minutes.

Mbappe picks out the top corner in search of PSG’s third goal - and Al Owais palms it over!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:24 , Marc Mayo

49 mins: The offside flag saves All-Stars as Messi’s shot is surely handed by the goalkeeper outside the box! Maybe he knew all along...

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:22 , Marc Mayo

47 mins: Navas slides the ball into touch under pressure.

The corner is headed goalwards by Martinez and Navas superbly scrambles the ball away!


Thursday 19 January 2023 18:20 , Marc Mayo

The hosts bring Talisca and Lajami on as Marega and Al Ghanam make way.

Vitinha and Danilo enter the fray for PSG. Marquinhos and Sanches taken off.

Here come the players!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:18 , Marc Mayo

Ronaldo first out for the hosts, looking ready to continue this tune-up ahead of his Al-Nassr debut.

Mbappe has the armband for PSG as Neymar and Messi also stroll out.

Second-half coming up!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:17 , Marc Mayo

Fabian slotted in at left-back for PSG so Christophe Galtier could go to his bench at the break.

A strong bench available to the visitors with ex-West Brom man Matheus Pereira among Riyadh’s substitutes.

‘Eventful’ is one way of putting it!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:14 , Marc Mayo

First-half summary

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:10 , Marc Mayo

Lionel Messi hit a cool opener moments after kick-off before a questionable penalty was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

PSG had Juan Bernat sent off for a last-man hack and yet they retook the lead through Marquinhos from close range.

They really should have been further ahead when Neymar won his own curious spot-kick, which was easily saved by Mohammed Alowais.

Up the other end after several minutes of injury time, Ronaldo buried a rebound for 2-2!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:06 , Marc Mayo

So, Cristiano Ronaldo with two goals and Lionel Messi just the one in that half.

The Riyadh side have given PSG a really good game, in terms of competitiveness.

Their penalty was mighty soft (Ronaldo simply headed Navas’ elbow) but the hosts’ defending has been very decent.


Half time! PSG 2-2 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:02 , Marc Mayo

Just a little bit of madness in the Saudi capital. Great fun.

GGGGOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 2-2 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:01 , Marc Mayo

45+6 mins: Ronaldo heads the ball onto the post and sticks the rebound away!

Thursday 19 January 2023 18:00 , Marc Mayo

45+5 mins: Still time for Riyadh to win a free-kick high up the pitch and Ronaldo will take...

Into the wall!


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:58 , Marc Mayo

45+4 mins: That was a terrible penalty.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:57 , Marc Mayo

45+3 mins: The referee points to the spot!

Maybe Neymar’s heel was clipped. Maybe...

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:56 , Marc Mayo

45+2 mins: Ah, spoke too soon. To the monitor goes the referee...

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:56 , Marc Mayo

45+1 mins: Neymar with an absolute trademark tumble in the box yields no penalty. Not even VAR in a friendly will give that!


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:55 , Marc Mayo

45 mins: A great stop from Al Owais denies Mbappe one-on-one!

GGOOOAALLLLL!!! PSG 2-1 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:53 , Marc Mayo

43 mins: Some lovely passing football from Saudi XI which Sanches snuffs out.

PSG break well and Mbappe’s shot is blocked out for a corner.

It goes short and the cross goes in... and MARQUINHOS SCORES!

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:51 , Marc Mayo

41 mins: A bit of a challenge on for PSG, now!

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(AFP via Getty Images)


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:50 , Marc Mayo

39 mins: Bernat sent off for a last-man foul on Al-Dawsari!

He can’t really argue with that...

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:47 , Marc Mayo

36 mins: PSG back on the front foot, chasing another go-ahead goal but some sturdy Saudi defending keeps Mbappe’s pacy run at bay.

GGOOOAALLL!!!! PSG 1-1 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:44 , Marc Mayo

34 mins: Ronaldo, complete with black eye from colliding with the goalkeeper’s elbow, steps up...

GOAL! Top corner, Navas didn’t have a chance.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:43 , Marc Mayo

33 mins: Has he... given a penalty? Our Qatari referee looks to have called that as a foul!

Navas is booked!

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:42 , Marc Mayo

32 mins: Ronaldo gets clattered by Navas!

The pair go up for a free-kick into the box and Ronaldo flicks it as Navas goes to clear... neither really got a touch to be fair.

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:40 , Marc Mayo

29 mins: The xG of this game must be through the roof.

Neymar goes chasing a second goal and dribbles through a challenge before being nicely halted in the box.

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:37 , Marc Mayo

27 mins: Ronaldo now pulling out the tricks with a sweet backheel to Al-Dawsari, the Saudi winger who scored that stunner against Argentina at the World Cup.

Up the other end, criminal defending shows Messi onto his left foot and a deflected shot spins wide.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:35 , Marc Mayo

25 mins: Messi skills his man and plays in a clearly offside Mbappe. He rounds the keeper to score - but the flag is up.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:34 , Marc Mayo

24 mins: PlayStation stuff from Mbappe as he delivers a sumptuous backheel into the box for Bernat, whose roll across the box was well cleared by some desperate defending as Messi and Co lined up to score.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:33 , Marc Mayo

22 mins: The veteran striker just inches behind getting a shot away as he’s crowded out in the box.

He’s not been far off a leveller!

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:31 , Marc Mayo

21 mins: Lots of ‘nearly’ football from PSG as they look to score with style.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:29 , Marc Mayo

18 mins: Fabian finds Mbappe nicely down the left and a searing cross is just too quick for Neymar to poke home from close range!


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:26 , Marc Mayo

16 mins: Hakimi breaks and fires in a stunning cross for Neymar at the back stick, but his shot is well saved.

The Brazilian takes up another dart at goal quickly afterwards and meets a stern challenge and darting around two.

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:25 , Marc Mayo

15 mins: Sanches drags Marega back in a sure yellow card, were it not a friendly...

Ronaldo among those in the box and an in-swinger is too deep. Goal kick.

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:24 , Marc Mayo

13 mins: Some good stuff from the Riyadh team and it’s Luiz Gustavo, not Ronaldo, threatening Navas with a shot from range that’s parried.

Lots of attacking intent on display - not the busiest of defending!


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:19 , Marc Mayo

9 mins: Important header clear from Ramos on the stretch as Ronaldo lurked behind him.

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:16 , Marc Mayo

6 mins: Ronaldo gets involved but expects a bit too much of his teammate with a pass down the left flank.

He then picks up the ball from 35 yards out and puts the afterburners on... a shot from range is held well by Navas!

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:15 , Marc Mayo

5 mins: PSG want a second... has Ronaldo even had a touch yet?

GGOOOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 1-0 Saudi All-Stars

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:13 , Marc Mayo

3 mins: MESSI!

Neymar clips a ball over the top, the goalkeeper comes out but the finish is coolly placed into the back of the net!

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:12 , Marc Mayo

2 mins: A big cheer for Messi’s first touch as PSG look threatening early on. He’s flanking Mbappe the central striker with Neymar wide left.


Thursday 19 January 2023 17:10 , Marc Mayo

It’s PSG vs Saudi All-Stars... Messi vs Ronaldo... and plenty more besides!

A big team photo

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:08 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos gleefully link arms for the pre-game photograph of the two teams. Great to see.

Pre-match formalities continue

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:07 , Marc Mayo

As expected the Saudi line-up features Anderson Talisca, Luis Gustavo, Jang Hyun-Soo and Moussa Marega.

Time for the Saudi national anthem!

Countdown to kick-off

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:04 , Marc Mayo

Pyrotechnics and a drone display getting the crowd warmed up for tonight’s game.

Ronaldo back in that No7 shirt, too.

Ronaldo all smiles

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:02 , Marc Mayo

Lots of friendly handshakes in the tunnel before Ronaldo and Marquinhos, tonight’s captains, led out their sides.

Here come the players!

Thursday 19 January 2023 17:01 , Marc Mayo

PSG vs Saudi All-Stars is coming up...

Lots of Argentina flags in the crowd

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:59 , Marc Mayo

Al-Nassr shirts, French flags, Argentina flags, Ronaldo placards... very cosmopolitan!

Countdown to kick-off

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:53 , Marc Mayo

The players are back in the dressing room as a hype man gets the crowd excited for the friendly.

We look to have a full house in the Saudi capital.

How PSG line up tonight

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:49 , Marc Mayo

Lionel Messi starts!

Countdown to kick-off

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:45 , Marc Mayo

PSG indulge in some casual shooting drills on the pitch with 15 minutes until we get underway.

Still awaiting our team news, too!

Tonight’s venue

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:42 , Marc Mayo

The King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh holds a hefty 68,000 fans and is filling up nicely ahead of kick-off.

Locals have been well-treated in the past couple of weeks with both the Spanish and Italian Super Cups.

Game faces: on

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:36 , Marc Mayo

Here come PSG!

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:31 , Marc Mayo

Don’t worry, Lionel Messi also gets a big old cheer as he steps out for the warm-up...

The warm-ups begin!

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:27 , Marc Mayo

Ronaldo and the All-Stars trot out to a big reception from Al Fahd Stadium.

Kick-off in just over half an hour...

Ronaldo is in the house!

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:24 , Marc Mayo

PSG donning ‘GOAT’ kit

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:19 , Marc Mayo

How you gonna top that, Saudi All-Stars? ‘GOAT+1’?

Latest match odds

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:15 , Marc Mayo

Saudi Arabia All Stars: 11/2

Draw: 4/1

PSG: 2/7

Odds via Betway

PSG announce... another kit

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:11 , Marc Mayo

Les Parisien’s FOURTH design of the year. Look at that.

Saudi folklore group were there to welcome PSG at the airport

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:07 , Marc Mayo

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(AFP via Getty Images)

When is Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr debut?

Thursday 19 January 2023 16:02 , Marc Mayo

Al-Nassr face tenth-placed Ettifaq on Sunday evening in what should be Cristiano Ronaldo’s first appearance for the club.

They have picked up a win and a draw, without conceding, during his two-game ban - and sit second in the table.

No David Ospina today

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:57 , Marc Mayo

The former Arsenal goalkeeper, now of Al-Nassr, underwent surgery on an elbow this week.

Flashback: CR7’s presentation

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:51 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s unveiling was certainly atmospheric, it’s quite mad to think it was only two weeks ago.

That two-game ban has taken the edge off his arrival but that hype could return with a vengeance tonight.

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Ronaldo vs Messi

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:46 , Marc Mayo

The stats certainly in the Argentine’s favour this season, will that change when Ronaldo gets up and running in Arabia?

Not just Lionel Messi enjoying a Ronaldo reunion today

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:40 , Marc Mayo

Sergio Ramos is in the PSG squad having been linked with following his old Real Madrid pal to Al-Nassr.


Who is on Ronaldo’s team?

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:35 , Marc Mayo

The squad is officially titled Riyadh Season Team and will be made up of Al Hilal and Al-Nassr players.

No teamsheet has been revealed yet but European football fans may recognise the names Moussa Marega, Luciano Vietto, Andre Carrillo, Luiz Gustavo and David Ospina.

Les Parisiens head to the venue

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:30 , Marc Mayo

Kick-off in 90 minutes!

Game face on for Messi

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:24 , Marc Mayo

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Far from the only action in Saudi today

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:19 , Marc Mayo

Al-Ittihad are currently all square with Al Feiha in the early stages, while Al-Adalah and Al-Batin played out a 1-1 draw in the battle of the bottom dwellers earlier on.

PSG tour continues

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:12 , Marc Mayo

The French side trained in front of 30,000 fans in Doha, Qatar yesterday before flying into Saudi.

A warm welcome for PSG in Riyadh

Thursday 19 January 2023 15:07 , Marc Mayo

Score prediction

Thursday 19 January 2023 14:59 , Alex Young

Clearly, it’s difficult to take games of this nature too seriously, though surely PSG will be the most likely winner here.

While goals are always expected in all-star friendly games, the coherence of a team who play together week in, week out should be enough.

PSG to win 3-2.

Saudi All-Star XI team news

Thursday 19 January 2023 14:51 , Alex Young

For the Saudi All-Star XI, the fact Ronaldo is captaining means he will be starting the game.

Salem Al-Dawsari – who scored for Saudi against Messi’s Argentina at the World Cup – should feature, along with the likes of Moussa Marega, Anderson Talisca and Andre Carillo.

David Ospina, however, is out with an elbow injury.

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(Getty Images)

PSG team news

Thursday 19 January 2023 14:43 , Alex Young

PSG boss Christophe Galtier is likely to name a strong starting lineup, although without taking any major risks.

Presnel Kimpembe will not be involved due to injury while Nuno Nendes and Marco Verratti are unlikely to feature.

All of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will almost certainly feature in at least some capacity, along with Keylor Navas amid links with a move to Al-Nassr.


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