Saudi Arabian Businessman Splashes Millions on World’s Expensive Ticket To Watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Face Off for a Potential Last Time

Published 01/18/2023, 7:55 AM EST

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Two of the world’s biggest soccer stars are set to face off on the pitch once again. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could potentially face off for the last time on Thursday, January 19th. And fans cannot contain their excitement with one businessman pouring millions just for a chance to see the stars in action.

Argentine striker Lionel Messi’s team Paris Saint-Germain will go up in a friendly match against an all-star team of players from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr and Al Hilal Clubs, captained by Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo. On top of that, this will be Ronaldo’s first appearance since joining Al-Nassr in December.


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For one Saudi Arabian businessman, the chance to see Messi and Ronaldo in action was worth a staggering $2.7 million. As per the Mirror, a Saudi Arabian real estate businessman, Musharraf bin Ahmed Al-Ghamdi paid this amount for a VIP ticket that was being auctioned off.

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This is believed to be the most expensive ticket in the history of soccer. And while it’s an astronomical sum to pay for a seat at a sporting event, it’s understandable given the rare opportunity to witness two of the greatest athletes of all time potentially playing each other for the last time.


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For die-hard fans of either player, the chance to see them in action is surely worth the price of admission. Additionally, the VIP ticket was being auctioned off for the fundraiser. And the $2.7 million raised will be donated to charity.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: The Rivalry.


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It’s always a great occasion when Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off against each other. Both are the record winners of the Ballon d’Or having 5 and 7 times trophies, respectively. They have both won almost everything and have solidified themselves as two of the greatest soccer players of all time. The fans can just never get enough of this rivalry.

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It has been two years since both players have faced each other. And this just makes the match between Al Nassr and PSG even more special. In the past, both Ronaldo and Messi have given each other some tough competition. They have pushed each other to be better and have reached new heights in their careers.


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Whether this will be the last time Messi and Ronaldo face off on the pitch remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure–the match on January 19 is sure to be a can’t-miss event for soccer fans around the world.


Written by:

Saransh Chauhan


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Saransh Chauhan is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. He has an open-minded set of interests, from soccer and video games to anime and music. As an avid gamer, he enjoys playing all genres of video games.
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Ranvijay Singh