Hold on to your hats, football fans, because the transfer rumors are flying! After Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United to join Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, Lionel Messi could be the next big name to move to the Middle East.
According to reports, Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr’s bitter rivals, are preparing a massive offer to direct the Argentine away from Paris Saint-Germain. Reports say that the offer on the table stands at a staggering £194m-a-season.
It’s a tempting proposition for Messi, whose contract with PSG ends this summer. While negotiations for renewal are ongoing, a free transfer to Saudi Arabia could be an attractive option for the star player.
Al-Hilal is said to be willing to bring him on board for an initial one-year contract, hoping that he can fill the shoes of Ronaldo as the new face of Saudi Arabian football.
Doubts on Messi’s Move
The rumors of Messi’s transfer sparked when Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, was spotted in Riyadh earlier this week.
However, there are doubts about Messi making the move. While he is already the Tourism Ambassador for Saudi Arabia and has visited the country several times for promotional events, there are doubts about whether he would be willing to give up playing in the Champions League for at least one more season.
Rumors have also linked him with a potential return to Barcelona, which could be his most likely transfer option if he does leave PSG.
While the idea is a tempting prospect for both players and fans, Messi would be willing to leave Europe for the Middle East. After spending his entire career playing in Spain and France, a move to Saudi Arabia would be a big change for the 35-year-old.
There is also the political aspect to consider. Reports suggest that Saudi Arabia’s politicians are willing to get involved in increasing the salary limit in the Pro League so that Messi can play in it. While this may be music to the ears of Al-Hilal fans, it’s sure to raise eyebrows among those concerned about the country’s human rights record.
Additional Details on Potential Transfer
It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia will go to great lengths to secure the services of the world’s biggest footballing stars. Given the current offer, it would make Messi the highest-paid player in the world, surpassing Ronaldo’s record-breaking deal.
Messi and Ronaldo are considered the greatest players of their generation, having won the Ballon d’Or an astonishing 12 times between them. And while it looked like their rivalry could be over for good when Ronaldo moved to Saudi Arabia, seeing them go head-to-head once again is tantalizing for football fans worldwide.
One thing’s for sure, football fans will be watching this space with bated breath to see what Messi decides.
For now, though, Messi is due back in action for PSG in their upcoming Ligue 1 clash against Rennes. But the transfer speculation will keep swirling until the summer transfer window opens, so stay tuned for more drama, excitement, and surprises in the football world!