Dutch legend Marco van Basten has slammed Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi over his reported decison to seal a mega move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to leave Parc des Princes this summer when his contract expires. Although the French champions offered him a new deal, Messi decided not to sign a new deal, and so he will be a free agent at the end of the season.
He has been courted by his former side Barcelona for much of the past month. The Catalan club have been working with La Liga to facilitate his return. However, Barca’s financial constraints has complicated the deal, and there is a possibility they would not be able to afford Messi.
Amidst Barca’s interest, a recent report by AFP claimed that the World Cup winner has agreed to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal for a mammoth offer of £400 million ($505m). The salary package will see him knock down his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest-paid player on the planet.
But Dutch legend Van Basten is unimpressed with Messi’s rumoured decision to play in the Middle East and has urged him to do “things you like” rather than be persuaded by the financials.
During a debate on Ziggo Sport’s Rondo discussing the Argentine’s next move, Van Basten said: “I think it’s poor. That you still have to go there for a lot of money.
“You’ve earned plenty. Go do things you like. I can’t imagine that. You are your own boss, aren’t you? You can play football wherever you want, right?”
Messi’s next move is set to generate a lot of talk in the summer transfer window, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami also circling to lure him to the MLS.