Lionel Messi’s contract in Paris expires in the summer. Now the Saudi club Al-Hilal is said to want to lure the Argentine with an immoral offer.
It’s one of the hottest topics in the coming transfer summer: What is Lionel Messi doing? The 35-year-old superstar’s contract with PSG expires at the end of June and now a club from Saudi Arabia is said to have made Messi an unbelievable offer.
As the often well-informed Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Tuesday evening, Al-Hilal is said to have made an official offer to Messi that would see the Argentine earn over €400m annually.
Double the salary of Ronaldo!
The club from the Saudi city of Riyadh have been associated with Messi for months. Apparently, the reigning champion wants to follow suit after Cristiano Ronaldo’s mega transfer to league rival Al-Nassr and lure Ronaldo’s eternal opponent Messi into the desert.
Messi’s reported 400 million annual salary at Al-Hilal would far exceed the Portuguese’s salary. Ronaldo signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Saudi club in January, which brings him the mega sum of around 200 million euros per season.
Messi wants to stay in Europe
According to Romano, Messi’s top priority should remain staying in Europe. An extension of his contract in Paris seems unlikely. The French sports newspaper “L’Équipe” recently reported that the French are demanding a salary cut for the superstar if he extends his contract.
A return to Messi’s old place of work Barcelona has also been brought up again and again by various media in recent months. “Beautiful stories in life need a happy ending,” said Barça Vice-President Rafa Yuste at a club event last Friday, emphasizing: “Of course we are in contact with Messi.” Barcelona are said to have not yet made an official offer to Messi. This is also because the Catalans first have to solve problems with UEFA’s financial fair play.