Is Lionel Messi’s move to Saudi Arabia a ‘Done Deal’ Check report here.
Lionel Messi, the football legend, is set to join a club based in Saudi Arabia this summer, as he has ended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. As per French news agency AFP, the 35-year-old has negotiated with a Saudi club for a “huge” contract, as his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires this summer.
Reports suggest that Messi, who is a seven-time Ballons d’Or winner, has been offered a contract proposal worth $506 million by the Saudi Arabian club. A source quoted by AFP stated that “Messi is a done deal. He will play in Saudi Arabia next season,” and added that the Argentine superstar’s contract is exceptional and huge.
The speculation of Messi joining a Saudi club began after his recent trip to the West Asian country to finalize the deal. Following this, the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner was reportedly suspended for two weeks by PSG. During this period, he will not be allowed to train with the squad and will also not be paid. Messi’s current contract with the French giants will end on June 30.
Earlier, Barcelona expressed their interest in opening talks with Messi’s representatives for a possible return to Camp Nou, but the talks did not materialize due to Barcelona’s financial struggles.
Messi’s latest move of joining a Saudi club is similar to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed a massive deal with Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr in January. Ronaldo signed a $214.04 million deal with Al Nassr for 2.5 years after leaving Manchester United.