Both players have since confirmed that they will continue with their national teams past the competition, but for a moment many thought this would be the last time that we would see them on the world stage. Because of this, it was widely hoped that the duo would meet during the tournament in Qatar.
Ronaldo even stated during his interview with Piers Morgan – after some heavy prompting by the journalist – that it would be his dream to beat Messi in the final to lift the trophy. He remarked that it would be “too good”.
That did not come to pass.
Ronaldo&aposs Portugal side were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Morocco and of course, Messi went on to win the competition with Argentina. But thanks to a series of events on the domestic side of football, fans may finally get to see the pair face off this month.
Ronaldo&aposs new club Al-Nassr were supposed to face Messi&aposs Paris Saint-Germain last season but due to COVID-19, the fixture was postponed. It was instead added into PSG&aposs mid-season tour of Saudi Arabia which will take place this January with the clash set for the 19th.
With Ronaldo now officially a Al-Nassr player and Messi expected back from his celebratory break, the fated meeting that fans were denied during the World Cup will be realised. For an added bonus Kylian Mbappe will also be present as part of the PSG side.