Saudi Arabian club offers a wealthy deal to Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is set to leave PSG after his contract ends this year. The Argentine forward has been offered a $400 million/year deal from a Saudi Arabian club.

World Cup-winning captain, Lionel Messi has been offered a deal from the Saudi Arabian club, Al-Hilal which could make the Argentine forward a higher earner than his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo too plays in the Saudi Arabian Pro League for the Al-Nassr club. Al-Nassr is Al-Hilal’s biggest rival.

Al-Hilal

Al-Hilal is the most successful club in Saudi Arabia. The club has won the Saudi League 18 times, King Cup 9 times, Crown Prince Cup 13 times, Super Cup 3 times, and Federation Cup 3 times. Al-Hilal has found success in AFC Champions League. The club has won the prestigious competition four times. They will play the final of the competition once again this year and could potentially win their 5th title.

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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi will leave the French capital when his contract with Paris Saint Germain in June. He was reportedly offered a contract extension from PSG but the star forward decided to decline the offer. Messi signed a deal in 2021 that included a third-season option, but that option will not be exercised. Messi has received interest from his former boyhood club, FC Barcelona as well. He has even reportedly received interest from Inter Miami. Messi is also a brand ambassador for Saudi Tourism Authority (STA). He even received a two-week suspension from PSG as he visited Saudi Arabia without informing the club authorities.

Messi-Ronaldo rivalry?

If Messi accepts the offer from Al-Hilal it could reignite the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The rivalry between the greats will not be only in terms of playing on the field. Lionel Messi accepting the deal from Al-Hilal means that he would be earning more than Cristiano Ronaldo is earning with Al-Nassr.

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