Al Nassr Dominates Inter Miami 6-0 as Cristiano Ronaldo Misses Showdown with Lionel Messi Due to InjuryIn a highly anticipated friendly match in Riyadh, Al Nassr delivered a stunning 6-0 victory over Inter Miami, overshadowing what could have been a final showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo’s absence due to a calf injury dashed hopes for a last encounter between the legendary rivals, who have collectively clinched 13 Ballon d’Or awards.
Instead, Brazilian Talisca stole the spotlight with a hat-trick, propelling the Saudi Pro League side to an early lead with three goals within the first 12 minutes. Miami struggled to keep up, conceding goals as Otavio, Talisca, and Aymeric Laporte found the net with remarkable strikes.
Despite the presence of former Barcelona stars Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, Inter Miami couldn’t match Al Nassr’s dominance. Talisca completed his hat-trick and even mimicked Ronaldo’s iconic celebration, while Messi made a late substitute appearance as his team trailed by six goals.
Inter Miami, now regrouping for the upcoming MLS season starting on February 21, will continue their preparations with matches in Hong Kong and Japan after a globe-trotting pre-season tour.