Lionel Messi’s move to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal is looking inevitable as Al-Za’eem revised their offer and adds another €100 million on top.
It is very evident that Messi will leave PSG once his contract expires. The fans don’t adore him, he doesn’t really like France and also, he wants to return to winning major trophies.
A move to former club Barcelona and now Arsenal are being heavily reported. The Argentine is even linked to MLS club Inter Miami, but no further approaches have come out from each club.
One club that’s constantly hitting the brick wall is the Saudi PL club Al Hilal. It was reported right after the monumental transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Al Nassr, that the rival club Al Hilal is planning a move to attract the PSG superstar Lionel Messi to Saudi Arabia.
The first offer that came out from the Middle East was approximately €400 million, which if accepted, would have made Lionel Messi the highest-paid athlete in the history of football. The amount is almost twice, what Al Nassr paid Cristiano Ronaldo.
No clear response came from the side of Lionel Messi. After being silent for a few months, Al Hilal surprisingly came up with an improved deal, now reportedly adding another €100 million to the original contract offer.
Spanish businessman Jaume Roures who has close ties to Barcelona revealed that the Saudis have ‘upped’ the contract offer €500 million.
“I think it’s possible that he will come back, even though the Saudis have upped the ante to over $500 million a year,”
This €500 million offer makes Al Hilal break their own previous record for the highest salary proposed to a football player. However, as of now neither Lionel Messi nor his team has given an official response.
But it is important to note, that this makes the offers from Barcelona and Inter Miami look pale in comparison. Barcelona, who are already offering Lionel Messi a lot less than his current salary will have to be quick and precise when persuading Lionel Messi to make a return to Barcelona this summer.