Ronaldo scores two goals to settle the confrontation with Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo recovered himself from the penalty spot due to the pain in his face before scoring from the penalty spot for his first goal in Saudi Arabia against a Paris Saint-Germain team featuring old foe Lionel Messi.

Messi had already scored early in Thursday’s exhibition match when Ronaldo was shot boxing-match style by Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas after about 30 minutes in Riyadh, the city that has gained sporting fame for hosting the world heavyweight boxing championship bout in 2019.

It wasn’t Anthony Joshua but Navas who grabbed Ronaldo in the face and helped him under a lofted ball.

They both went down like cut boxers.

Ronaldo grabbed his head, rose, gave a wide yawn as if testing his sore left cheek, and sent former Real Madrid teammate Navas the wrong way.

By the end of the first half, Ronaldo’s cheekbones were bright red, but he was all smiles after scoring his second goal, volleying a rebound when his header bounced off the post. Poking his tongue, a delighted Ronaldo walked away and his teammates attacked him at the corner flag.

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