Excitement mounts for the upcoming Ronaldo VS Messi clash this Thursday, 19 January, set to take place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia. beIN announced that its flagship channel, beIN SPORTS will telecast the match. 

beIN has acquired the rights across all its territories (MENA, France, Turkey, Asia, North America, and Australasia) to broadcast the highly-anticipated Riyadh Season Cup.

French champions PSG will face players from top Saudi clubs Al Hilal and Al-Nassr. In this match, recently signed Al-Nassr player Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head against his long-time rival, PSG forward Lionel Messi, fresh from his first FIFA World Cup™ victory with Argentina last month. Ronaldo and Messi have not clashed since December 2020 when Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0.

The Saudi team will be led by legendary manager Marcelo Gallardo, a two-time Copa Libertadores winner as manager of River Plate. In PSG’s ranks will be Brazil’s Neymar and French World Cup star Kylian Mbappe, the top scorer at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Live commentary in English and Arabic

In MENA, live studio coverage before the match kicks off on the beIN SPORTS free-to-air channel and beIN SPORTS 2 in Arabic at 7 pm (Doha time). English coverage starts at 7:30 pm on beIN SPORTS ENGLISH 1, leading right up to the opening whistle at 8 pm. French commentary will also be provided on beIN SPORTS FRENCH 2.

Saudi presenter Tariq Al Hammad will lead the Arabic studio analysis and will be joined by former Saudi national team captain Yasser Al Qahtani, former Tunisian professional and African Footballer of the Year Tarek Dhiab and former Egyptian professional star Mohamed Aboutrika. The English studio, meanwhile, will be fronted by beIN’s presenter Nicky Crosby with expert analysis from former French football professional and PSG player Didier Domi, who currently serves as a technical advisor to the PSG Academy in Doha.

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