Latest Saudi Pro League news: Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of Lionel Messi clash

The Saudi Pro League is now home to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Riyad Mahrez.

With so much talent plying their trade there, LiveScore is the place to be for all the big talking points.

Injury has ruled Cristiano Ronaldo out of a clash with Lionel Messi

Ronaldo in a Mess

Cristiano Ronaldo’s reunion with old foe Lionel Messi is OFF after the Al-Nassr forward was ruled out of Thursday’s friendly with Inter Miami through injury.

Ronaldo’s boss Luis Castro has confirmed his star man has not yet fully shaken off the calf injury which saw the Saudi club’s two scheduled friendlies in China cancelled last week.

Castro said: “Ronaldo is in the final part of his recovery to join the group. We hope that in the next few days you can start working with the team but he will be absent from the game.”

Ospina returns

David Ospina is set to return to action for Al-Nassr after being re-registered for their Saudi Pro League squad.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper, 35, has just returned from a year out with a serious elbow injury which had left him facing an uncertain future in the Middle East.

But the club have confirmed the Colombian will be available for the second half of their league campaign, which recommences on February 17.

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Adios, Ivan

Ivan Rakitic is heading to Al-Shabab
Ivan Rakitic is heading to Al-Shabab

Sevilla have confirmed midfielder Ivan Rakitic has joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabab.

The 35-year-old Croatian made a total of 323 appearances for the Spanish club — the 11th most in their history.

But now he joins some of Europe’s biggest stars in making the switch to the Middle East, signing a contract until the summer of 2025.

Joy for Jota

At-Ittihad winger Jota could be on his way to the Premier League
At-Ittihad winger Jota could be on his way to the Premier League

Al-Ittihad winger Jota is closing in on a move to Europa Conference League champions West Ham, according to Foot Mercato.

The 24-year-old has made just five appearances in the Saudi Pro League since making the switch from Celtic last July and may become another star to depart early from the Middle East.

Jordan Henderson recently cut ties with Al-Ettifaq after struggling to adapt and now Jota is on the verge of leaving team-mates Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Fabinho behind.

Read more: Moyes keen to nail Jota deal for Hammers

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