The World Cup in 2026 is set to be the stage for the final showdown between two of the greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. This highly anticipated match will take place on February 1st, 2024 in Riyadh as part of a mini-tournament called the Riyadh Season Cup. Along with Inter Miami and Al-Nassr, Croatian national team member Marcelo Brozović will also be directly involved in this historic encounter.
While Luka Modrić may not have been included in the initial lineup, it’s possible that he could make an appearance if a few months were to pass. All participants in the tournament are potential clubs for Modrić to continue his career with next summer.
Messi and Ronaldo have already met on the field 37 times, with Messi emerging victorious slightly more often (17-11 wins). However, nine of their matches ended in a draw, demonstrating just how evenly matched they are. In their last clash together, Messi’s team won (5-4) against Al-Nassr and Al Hilal led by Ronaldo.
The debate about who is greater will never truly end as it depends on individual opinions. But one thing is certain – these two football giants have changed the game and set new standards that will be hard to break in the future. So mark your calendars for February 1st, 2024 and get ready to witness history unfold!