Amitabh Bachchan meets Ronaldo and Messi in Saudi Arabia
Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan meets football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Amitabh Bachchan was invited to inaugurate the football match of the Riyadh season. Cristiano played for Saudi All-star XI while Lionel was playing for the Paris Saint-Germain side. The legendary Bollywood actor went to the ground and shake hands with the footballers. The video of the celebrities meeting and shaking hands is going viral on social media.
Amitabh Bachchan also shared the video on his Twitter account. The caption on the tweet read: “T 4533 – “An evening in Riyadh …” what an evening Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mbape, and Neymar all playing together… And yours truly invited guests to inaugurate the game… PSG vs Riyadh Seasons. Incredible.”
In attendance were other leading footballers including French footballer Mbappe and Moroccan footballer Achraf Hakimi, and Brazilian footballer Neymar.
The football season ongoing in Saudi Arabia is garnering massive attention on social media. A Saudi real estate mogul won a ticket to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off in a friendly after bidding $2.6 million at auction, an official said Tuesday.
The match on Thursday in Riyadh brought Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain against a select side made up of players from Ronaldo’s new club Al Nassr and their Saudi rivals Al Hilal.
It marked the first time Ronaldo has played any football in the kingdom since signing a contract with Al Nassr that runs until 2025 and is worth more than 200 million euros ($214 million), according to sources close to the club.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is scheduled to make his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nassr on Sunday.
To promote Thursday’s friendly, Turki al-Sheikh, an advisor at the Royal Court and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, announced a charity auction for a special ticket that would come with perks like photo opportunities with players and access to the locker rooms.