The Riyadh Season Cup, a friendly competition organized by the Saudi company of the same name, will conclude on Thursday with a match between the two most prominent names in the Saudi Professional League. Al-Hilal, the undefeated leader of the Saudi Championship, challenges its local runner-up, Al-Nasr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, in the final match of this edition at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh.
But the confrontation between the two stars will not take place, as Al Hilal continues to dispense with the services of its Brazilian striker, who has been absent from the field for many months due to a tear in the cruciate ligament in his knee. The club where Malcolm and Kalidou Koulibaly also play had beaten Lionel Messi's Inter Miami (4-3) in the previous match and had the opportunity to progress flawlessly.
This is also the case for Al-Nassr, the biggest winner over Inter Miami (6-0) and which must rely on the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from a minor defect in his left calf, who has already scored 20 goals in 18 matches in the tournament. French centre-back Aymeric Laporte should start in the middle after scoring a crazy lob against Messi's side.
The match between Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr is scheduled to start at seven in the evening today, Thursday, February 8. The match will be broadcast live on beIN Sports 3 and DAZN.