According to reports, the Saudi Arabian government is working on a deal to lure Lionel Messi to the nation and rekindle his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is about to expire.
According to Fabrizio Romano, a transfer specialist, Messi will leave the team at the end of the current campaign. After a ‘unauthorized’ trip to Saudi Arabia, the 35-year-old was reportedly given a two-week suspension. Messi appears to be planning to hunt for a new club in the summer, all things considered.
Garry Crook, a former director of Manchester City, was recently hired by the Saudi Arabian government and is anticipated to be engaged in a potential Lionel Messi deal. According to reports, the Middle Eastern nation is prepared to pay the Argentine a record-breaking $400 million (£320 Million) yearly wage. The sum will be far higher than Cristiano Ronaldo’s rumored salary at Al-Nassr (£156 Million annually).
Al-Hilal, the reigning Saudi Pro League and AFC Champions League champions, are anticipated to be the team in the forefront of the hunt for Messi. It is to be noted that they are Al-Nassr’s local rivals.
For over a century, the Ronaldo vs. Messi rivalry captivated European football. If their animosity flares up again in Asia, spectators of football would be treated to a spectacular show.