Did Cristiano Ronaldo Play Yesterday? The Unfulfilled Anticipation in Inter Miami’s Clash with Al Nassr

In a surprising turn of events, Inter Miami star Lionel Messi briefly graced the pitch despite injury discomfort during a clash with Al Nassr in the Riyadh Season Cup at Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia. However, the anticipated showdown between Messi and Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo failed to materialize as Ronaldo was ruled out due to a calf injury. The match resulted in a 6-0 defeat for Inter Miami, leaving fans wondering about the impact of Messi’s limited participation.

Messi’s Unexpected Appearance:

Initially deemed unfit to start due to discomfort following a previous match against Al Hilal and a subsequent training session, Lionel Messi’s inclusion in the lineup raised eyebrows. The Argentine maestro underwent an MRI as a precaution, and although he started on the bench, he entered the game in the 83rd minute, surprising both fans and pundits.

Messi’s Performance:

During his brief stint on the field, Messi exhibited caution, making a single shot attempt that was deflected by an Al Nassr defender in the 86th minute. Limited to a light jog and casual ball dribbling, Messi’s contribution was minimal. Despite his physical condition, he managed a couple of kicks to advance the ball, showcasing his technical prowess even in a limited capacity.

Ronaldo’s Absence:

The clash was eagerly anticipated as “The Last Dance” between two football icons, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Ronaldo’s absence due to a calf injury left fans disappointed. While Messi made a late appearance on the field, Ronaldo watched the game from a suite, witnessing Al Nassr’s domination with three goals within the first 12 minutes.

Al Nassr’s Dominance:

The absence of both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr on top form became evident as the saudi team secured a convincing 6-0 victory. Talisca stole the show with a hat trick, while Otávio, Laporte, and Mohammed Maran contributed to the blowout. Inter Miami’s coach, Tata Martino, expressed discontent with the six added minutes of extra time, but the team’s 6-0 loss remains a more pressing concern.


The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi’s limited involvement in the clash against Al Nassr overshadowed what could have been a monumental meeting between two football legends. Inter Miami’s 6-0 defeat raises concerns, and as the preseason tour continues, fans eagerly await updates on Messi’s fitness and potential contributions in upcoming matches.

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