Lionel Messi (36) and Cristiano Ronaldo (38), two of the greatest footballers in history, are set to meet one last time on the field. The match is scheduled for February 1, 2024, during the World Cup in 2026.
The two teams will face off at Inter Miami’s home stadium, with Al-Nassr and Al Hilal also participating in a mini-tournament called the Riyadh Season Cup. The tournament will be played in a league format, meaning everyone will play against everyone. A schedule for the matches has not yet been announced.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate Marcelo Brozović, a Croatian national team member, will be directly involved in the “last dance.” If that match were played a few months later, Luka Modrić may have also participated in it as well. Both players are potential options for other clubs after their career ends.
Messi and Ronaldo have met on the field 37 times before this final clash. Messi has won slightly more often than Ronaldo (17-11), but nine of their matches ended in a draw. In their last meeting, Messi led PSG to a victory over Al-Nassr and Al Hilal combined by winning 5-4.
Whether Messi or Ronaldo is considered greater is always up for debate among fans and experts alike, but both players have left an indelible mark on football history and set new standards that may never be matched again.