Businessman splashes $2.6m on Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi ticket ahead of PSG friendly against Saudi All-Stars

A Saudi real estate mogul splashed out $2.6m on a ticket during an auction to watch Cristiano Ronaldo face Lionel Messi in a charity friendly.

WHAT HAPPENED? Excitement is building ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s friendly in Riyadhon Thursday against a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Saudi All-Star XI. The game will also mark the Portuguese talisman’s debut on Saudi soil since joining Al-Nassr on an astronomical pay package. To promote the friendly, Turki al-Sheikh, an adviser at the Royal Court and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, set up a special ticket for auction that would include perks like photo opportunities with players and access to the locker rooms. At the end of the bidding, Al-Sheikh announced on Twitter that Mushref al-Ghamdi has put in the winning bid of 10 million riyals ($2.6m).

WHAT THEY SAID: “Congratulations, you deserve it, and may God reward you with good,” Sheikh said.

The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the national charity campaign known as Ehsan.