Cristiano Ronaldo in line for Lionel Messi reunion in January

Tom Gott
Ronaldo could face Messi once again
Ronaldo could face Messi once again / Francois Nel/Getty Images, Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for one more showdown against long-time rival Lionel Messi in January.

Ronaldo's surprise move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr was confirmed on Friday, with the Portugal international inking the most lucrative contract in the world to remain in the Middle East until 2025.

Saudi officials are keen to bring Messi to the Pro League further down the line but they may only need to wait until January 2023 to see the World Cup winner in action against Ronaldo as Paris Saint-Germain are expected to head to Saudi Arabia for a friendly match.

Initially announced as part of their Qatar World Tour for 2022, PSG were due to play a game in Saudi Arabia last January but pulled the plug due to Covid-19, but numerous reports suggest the friendly has been rescheduled for 2023.

Indeed, Achraf Ben Ayad states that PSG are due to face a team made up of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal on January 19 in Saudi Arabia.

Al Hilal are known to be interested in signing Messi and may get the chance to see the Argentine up close if he makes the trip with his current club.

PSG face Rennes in Ligue 1 on January 15 and may have the Coupe de France fourth round to contend with a week later if they can see off Chateauroux early next month, but it appears as though they are looking to squeeze in a trip to the Middle East anyway.

Whether either Messi or Ronaldo would actually be involved in the game is unclear but those in charge of Saudi Arabian football will undoubtedly be keen to parade two of the greatest footballers of all time against each other on their soil.