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Football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to face each other for what could be the last time the two legends meet on the world football stage on Thursday.

Messi, who won the FIFA World Cup for Argentina in December 2022, will play for his club side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a friendly against a Riyadh all-stars combined XI, reported Ronaldo will feature for his new club Al Nassr for the first time since signing, as it combines with fellow Saudi club Al-Hilal.

When is the game scheduled?

This friendly game between French side PSG and the All-Star team composed of players from Riyadh clubs Al-Hilal and Al Nassr will happen at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at 3 p.m. GMT on Jan. 19 (10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday). The ground has a capacity of 68,752 and is expected to be full, given the possibility of seeing Messi and Ronaldo, and other football stars including PSG's Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. In fact, tickets for the clash were sold out within minutes after going on sale earlier this week, reported Asianet Newsable. More than 2 million people sought to get into the King Fahd Stadium.

How to watch the game

If you're wondering how you can watch the game, there are many ways. BeIN Sports Network has the rights to show the Thursday game live across their channels worldwide. PSG will also livestream it on the club's website. It is part of its annual Middle East tour.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been given the captain armband to lead the all-star team of All-Star XI against PSG. Chairman of the Riyadh Season, Turki Al-Sheikh, shared a video on Twitter where the Portuguese star was given the captain band.

He tweeted that the promise, God willing, on Thursday, "a meeting beyond imagination... and the team manager, Captain Khaled Al-Shanif, God willing, and the squad will be announced by the coach and Khaled." He hoped that "day we will forget Al-Hilal and Al Nassr for two hours and we will all become the Riyadh season... and after two hours we will stop the truce."

Al Nassr boss Rudi Garcia recently confirmed that Ronaldo, 37, would debut on Saudi Arabian soil in the friendly clash against PSG. Then he will make his first start for his new team in the Saudi Pro League.

File picture of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool react during the UEFA Champions League Draw, part of the UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum on August 29, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

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