Inter Miami CF’s International Debut: Riyadh Season Cup 2024 Showdowns and the Messi-Ronaldo Rivalry


Inter Miami CF, the renowned Major League Soccer (MLS) club, is set to make its international debut in the prestigious Riyadh Season Cup during the 2024 preseason. This marks a historic moment for the club as they embark on a journey to Saudi Arabia to participate in a round-robin tournament, facing formidable opponents in Al-Hilal SFC and Al Nassr FC. The anticipation is heightened as fans eagerly await the clash between two football legends, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in a much-anticipated showdown on foreign soil.

Connecting with Global Fans

Xavier Asensi, Chief Business Officer of Inter Miami CF, has expressed enthusiasm about connecting with fans not only in Saudi Arabia but also around the world. The international tour provides a unique opportunity for the club to extend its reach and build lasting relationships with football enthusiasts globally.

Crucial Tests and Preseason Preparations

As Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director, Chris Henderson views these upcoming matches as pivotal tests for the team, offering valuable insights as they gear up for the upcoming MLS season. The challenging encounters with Al-Hilal and Al Nassr promise to be a rigorous test of Inter Miami’s strengths and strategies, setting the tone for their competitive edge.

The Al-Hilal Challenge

The inaugural match against Al-Hilal at Riyadh’s Kingdom Arena on Monday, Jan. 29, promises to be a clash of titans. Coached by the experienced Jorge Jesus, Al-Hilal stands as a dominant force in Asia with an impressive 66 titles and a roster featuring star players such as Neymar, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Rúben Neves, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Malcom.

The Messi-Ronaldo Showdown

The spotlight intensifies on Thursday, Feb. 1, as Inter Miami takes on Al Nassr in a match that sets the stage for the much-anticipated showdown between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, leading the Saudi Pro League in goals for Al Nassr, adds an extra layer of excitement to the encounter. Managed by Luís Castro, Al Nassr boasts a star-studded lineup including Sadio Mané and Aymeric Laporte.

The Historic Messi-Ronaldo Rivalry

The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry, having spanned 35 encounters throughout their illustrious careers, continues to captivate football fans worldwide. With Messi holding 16 victories to Ronaldo’s 10, along with nine draws, the Riyadh Season Cup presents an opportunity for another chapter in their storied rivalry. Messi’s 21 goals and 12 assists against Ronaldo’s 20 goals and one assist add further intrigue to this highly anticipated clash.


Inter Miami CF’s participation in the Riyadh Season Cup not only marks a significant milestone for the club but also promises thrilling football spectacles and the continuation of one of the greatest rivalries in football history. As the team ventures onto the international stage, fans can expect intense competition, strategic brilliance, and a celebration of the beautiful game.

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