Messi makes cameo, Ronaldo out as Al Nassr thrash Miami


Were Inter Miami humiliated by Al Nassr?

The Futbol Americas duo dissect Inter Miami's 6-0 loss in their preseason friendly against Al Nassr.

Lionel Messi came on as an 83rd-minute substitute but could do nothing to stop Inter Miami suffering a 6-0 drubbing by an Al-Nassr team without Cristiano Ronaldo in Riyadh on Thursday.

The match, billed as possibly the last chance for the multiple Ballon D'Or winners to face each other on the pitch, was part of a friendly tournament also involving Brazilian Neymar's Al-Hilal, the Saudi Pro League leaders.

Argentina forward Messi, nursing a hamstring problem, started on the bench and Portugal's Ronaldo missed out completely due to a muscle injury, disappointing fans hoping to see the world's two most famous footballers in opposition.

Inter, who started the game with former Barcelona players Luis Suárez, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets in their lineup, trailed 3-0 inside 12 minutes and never threatened to make a comeback.

Otávio opened the scoring for the Saudi Pro League side in the 3rd minute and Anderson Talisca added the first of his three seven minutes later. Aymeric Laporte then scored an outrageous goal from beyond midfield shortly after, with Mohammed Maran getting in on the rout in the second half.

Messi, 36, played against Al-Hilal on Monday, converting a penalty in the 54th minute before he was substituted two minutes from time as Inter lost 4-3. The tour began with a 0-0 draw against El Salvador, which was followed by a 1-0 loss to MLS side FC Dallas, leaving Miami winless through four games of its preseason tour.

Al-Nassr last week cancelled their two-game China tour due to the absence of the 38-year-old Ronaldo.