After welcoming Cristiano Ronaldo this winter, Saudi Arabia are dreaming of landing Lionel Messi, who still hasn’t extended to PSG.
For several days, the trend has been an extension of Lionel Messi in Paris Saint-Germain. When the contract expires in June next year, the Argentina international is close to extending his loan deal with the club in the French capital until 2024, an additional year. The two parties have reached an agreement in principle, but so far nothing is official, and the final details are naturally taking longer than expected to settle. Which gives hope to some courtiers in La Pulga… For a long time, David Beckham’s Inter Miami has been interested. A suitor to which we must now add Al-Hilal, the rival Saudi Arabian club of Al-Nassr, where Cristiano Ronaldo signed in this winter’s transfer window.
Messi vs Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia?
According to information from Mundo Deportivo, Al-Hilal have made a colossal offer to Lionel Messi with the aim of offering the services of the seven-time Ballon d’Or. In fact, the Saudi club would have offered Lionel Messi an absolutely crazy salary of 300 million euros… per year. Enough to turn the head of any player and even a champion of Lionel Messi’s stature. From the height of his 35 years, the number 30 of PSG proved during the World Cup with Argentina that he was still one of the best players on the planet, if not the best, and that it is therefore still possible for him to play at the highest level in the Champions League. But how will Lionel Messi react to an offer of this size? In PSG’s entourage, we begin to shake in earnest as negotiations drag on over the extension of the former Barça captain.
The Emir of Qatar fears a departure from Messi
Cousin of the Emir of Qatar and therefore very close to PSG, Nasser Al-Attiyah already envisions Lionel Messi accepting the Saudi challenge in the more or less long term. “It is difficult for Messi to return to Barca from PSG. PSG has a very strong economy, they have a good balance and a very clear plan. From what I see now, also from Al Nassr, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo with a crazy amount of a million dollars, I’m sure Messi, in a few months, about 3 or 6 months, a club in Saudi Arabia will also sign Messi. You will see. And I can tell you which team: I am sure he will go to Al-Hilal (…) He will not return to Barça. He will go to Saudi Arabia. There is a lot of money here and the players are looking for a big contract.” imagined the cousin of the emir of Qatar, convinced that Lionel Messi will end his career in Saudi Arabia, like Cristiano Ronaldo. It remains to be seen if the PSG playmaker will be tempted by this exotic challenge this summer or if he will wait until at least 2024.