Barcelona could MISS OUT on Lionel Messi as PSG star’s father is pushing for Saudi Arabia move

May 23, 2023

Lionel Messi’s father could scupper the legendary forward’s reported move to Barcelona as he is reportedly making arrangements for him to move to Saudi Arabia. 

Messi will become a free agent at the end of the current season when his deal at Parc des Princes expires. The Parisian club have offered him a contract extension, but he is inclined to leave than stay, with his former club Barcelona openly courting him. 

The La Liga giants have sent several delegations to Messi and his entourage and are also working on a financial plan that will allow them to sign the attacker.

However, according to the latest report by Sportskeeda, his potential return to Camp Nou is in jeopardy, as Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, is pushing for a move to the Middle East.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has reportedly been offered a £320 million per year deal by Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal. The move will make him the highest-paid athlete in the world and will once again pit him against his long-term rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently plays for Al-Nassr.

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Has Lionel Messi agreed to the Al-Hilal deal?

Meanwhile, Jorge Messi recently debunked stories that his son had agreed to move to Al-Hilal.

Speaking to reporters after news broke out that Al-Hilal had sealed a pre-contract agreement with Messi, the senior Messi said:  

“There’s absolutely NOTHING agreed with any club for next season. We won’t do anything now — and we will decide at the end of the current season… I can guarantee that it will never be decided before the end of the current season with Paris Saint-Germain.”

“Leo Messi’s name is always used around — but we can guarantee that there’s NOTHING signed, agreed, or even verbally agreed, and it won’t happen now… It’s full of fake news around with no proof of what these ‘media’ say in public to invent stories and with zero respect — why don’t they check their news?”

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