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Soccer | Jan 31

Welp, Messi and Ronaldo’s Last Dance Ain’t Happening

Head Coach of Al-Nassr, Luis Castro, Said Ronaldo Will Be Absent Due to an Injury

Welp, Messi and Ronaldo’s Last Dance Ain't Happening
Argentine forward Lionel Messi (L) and Riyadh All-Star's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo | Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

Sad Day for Soccer Fans 😭

The rivalry is on pause and, potentially, forever.

The eagerly anticipated clash between Al-Nassr and Inter Miami this Thursday has been the talk of the town since it was announced in 2023; unfortunately, the two players who assisted the soccer news hype, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will no longer go head-to-head on opposites teams due to an unforeseen injury that is plaguing the “Last Dance.”

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Ronaldo, 38, often referred to as CR7, is nursing a muscle strain and hasn’t passed a fitness check in time to compete for his Saudi Pro League side in the Riyadh Season Cup.

The head coach of Al-Nassr, Luis Castro, broke the hearts of Messi and Ronaldo fans when he said: “We will not see [Messi vs. Ronaldo]; Ronaldo is in the final part of his recovery to join the group. We hope he can start working with the team in the next few days. He will be absent from the game.”

So, unless the two footballing superstars want to tango, waltz, foxtrot, or rumba on the sidelines, the “Last Dance” between Leo Messi and Ronaldo ceases to exist.

It would’ve been another chapter to the Messi/Ronaldo saga, and although consistent soccer rumors have been sparked since the “Last Dance” announcement, many believed it would’ve been the last opportunity to see two of the greatest face-off on the pitch–which makes this news, even more heartbreaking for the masses.

Will we ever see Messi vs. Ronaldo?

Ronaldo is one year shy of forty years old, Messi turns 37 in July, and it’s also been rumored that the latter has plans to depart from Miami in 2025 with the ambition to return to Argentina with his childhood club, Newell’s Old Boys.

However, for the optimistic bunch, there’s a possible scenario where the two meet again at the 2025 Riyadh Season Cup. Alternatively, Inter Miami could schedule a preseason tour to Saudi Arabia in 2025, especially after witnessing the hype garnered from the “Last Dance,” which was expected but interrupted this week.

For what it’s worth, Ronaldo and Messi met at last year’s Riyadh Season Cup as Ronaldo bagged a brace but lost 5-4 to Messi and Paris Saint Germain, with Argentina’s finest netting once for his old team. Whip it up on YouTube and dry your tears because, for now, the rivalry is on pause and, potentially, forever.

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