Cristiano Ronaldo has shown Saudi Arabian clubs a way to bring the biggest superstars to their league following his mega deal with Al Nassr FC and reports suggest Lionel Messi could be on his way to the Middle East.
Al Hilal expressed his desire to sign the world champion to his team after failing to get the Ronaldo deal and direct rivals Al Nassr FC are ready to offer Messi almost $300m per season which is much more significant than Ronaldo’s salary.
⚽️ Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have started negotiations with Messi and offered him a record €300m a year. This club is the main competitor of Al-Nasr, for which Ronaldo plays. pic.twitter.com/WQG8Obe6Qj
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Ibrahim Alkassim is the Saudi Arabian football boss and has great respect for the little wizard while wishing to have him in their league one day.
“At the moment we don’t know anything about a possible arrival of Lionel Messi. Although I don’t hide it, as Saudi FA we would like to have him in the domestic league one day” – Alkassim told Marca.
‘We would like to see Cristiano and Messi back in the same league’
The general secretary of the Saudi Arabian Football Confederation Ibrahim Alkassim has spoken about Lionel Messi’s links with the Saudi Pro League.
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“The idea of the federation is always to improve our football and of course we would like to see Cristiano and Messi back in the same league but the truth is that we don’t know anything now.” – Saudi boss further added.
Lionel Messi still has six months left in his contract with PSG and no agreement has been reached between the club and the player so far, which will surely give Messi opportunities for a move to the Arab region.
However, PSG and the hierarchy are optimistic about tying Messi to a deal that will keep the seven-time Ballon D’or winner at their service for at least two more years.
Leo Messi’s situation hasn’t changed. A new meeting with Paris Saint-Germain will take place soon to discuss the length of the new contract and then sign it. 🚨🇦🇷 #PSG
Leo wants to continue in Paris, verbal pact was discussed in December.
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Lionel Messi was literally unplayable at times during the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the French club are well aware of his abilities as they believe the Argentine will guide them to victory in terms of their biggest dream of winning UCL.
On the contrary, Al Hilal and the Saudi authorities will leave no stone unturned to bring the best player in the world into their league, but it will be interesting to see how they handle the situation.
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