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Since its inception in 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season has etched its name in sports and entertainment lore by hosting spectacular events. But this time, it’s more exhilarating for soccer fans as will get to witness two undisputed greats of the game lock horns in the Riyadh Season Cup 2024. Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Al Nassr and Lionel Messi‘s Inter Miami will compete against each other in what is dubbed ‘The Last Dance.‘ Apart from Al Nassr and Inter Miami, another Saudi giant Al Hilal will also compete for the silverware.

This year’s event kick-started with the much-anticipated bout of Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou. As the event extends to the early months of 2024, the Saudi Arabian capital will also host iconic soccer tournaments like the Turkish Supercup, Supercopa de España, and Supercopa Italiana. Even European giants such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Galatasaray, among others, will feature. However, it is the Riyadh Season Cup that is unleashing shockwaves across the soccer verse. Let’s delve deeper into its teams, schedule and so much more.

Riyadh Season Cup 2024: Teams, Schedule and Tickets

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Last month, the Riyadh Season announced that MLS’ Inter Miami will face Saudi Pro League’s Al Nassr in the Riyadh Season Cup. This matchup will perhaps turn out to be the last meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as the two greats are in the twilight of their careers. Apparently, the matchup has rightly been called ‘The Last Dance.’ However, it is not safe to say that either Ronaldo or Messi will be crowned in Riyadh. The Arabian capital’s own Al Hilal is set to round up the participants.

Inter Miami has now announced that it will play the first two matches against Al Hilal and Al Nassr in a round-robin tournament format. Inter Miami added that they will first play against Al Hilal at the latter’s home on Monday, January 29. Meanwhile, the coveted Ronaldo-Messi clash is scheduled to be held on Thursday, February 01. Fans can get their tickets from Riyadh Season’s official website.

Trophy, Prize Money, and Past Winners

Riyadh Season Cup winners are presented with a pentagon shield. The Riyadh Season’s official logo is carved into the golden memento. In the last Riyadh Season Cup, it was the French giants Paris Saint Germain who took the shield home. Then, PSG won $10 million prize money for stealing the show in Riyadh. This year’s prize money for the winner has not been officially announced yet.

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The Riyadh Season Cup has been held two times. During both events, PSG emerged victorious. In its 2022 edition, the Parisians outclassed Al Hilal at home. In 2023, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi faced each other, and the latter had the last laugh.

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Now, Ronaldo will have a chance to defend his home turf against his arch-rival, Messi. After winning twice with his former team, PSG, Messi has eyes on his third Riyadh Season Cup. If soccer’s ‘last dance’ turns out to be the final meeting of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Riyadh Season will forever be remembered for hosting the climax of a surreal rivalry that colored the imagination of soccer fandom.

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