REVEALED: Lionel Messi’s mammoth £2billion deal with Al-Hilal ‘will be announced on TUESDAY’, claim reports in Spain, as Saudi Arabia close in on another marquee signing with the Argentine to leave PSG this week
- Al-Hillal are reportedly set to announce the signing of Messi on Tuesday, June 6
- They are reportedly offering Messi €400m (£345m) per season to play for them
- As a result, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could end up playing each other again
Saudi Arabian side Al-Hillal are reportedly set to announce the signing of Lionel Messi on Tuesday, June 6, after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed his exit from the Ligue 1 club.
PSG confirmed that Messi will depart the Ligue 1 winners at the end of the season, with this afternoon’s match against Clermont Foot marking his final outing at the Parc des Princes.
Messi had been linked with a sensational return to Barcelona, but a source close to Al-Hillal says that a deal with the 35-year-old will be confirmed on Tuesday – according to Spanish news outlet, SPORT.
The same source states that Al-Hilal are expecting a ‘definitive yes’ on June 6 and that they have ‘prepared all of the necessary paperwork’ to announce his signing on the same day.
SPORT have also stated that Al-Hilal are offering Messi €400million (£345m) per season to play for them – which is £170m more than what Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be earning at Al-Nassr.
Al-Hillal are reportedly set to announce the signing of Lionel Messi on Tuesday, June 6
Al-Hilal are offering Messi €400million (£345m) per season to play for them – which is £168m more than what Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be earning at Al-Nassr
Messi is already a fan of Saudi Arabia – having become their travel ambassador in May 2022
PSG manager Christophe Galtier confirmed in a press conference on Thursday afternoon that the World Cup winner would leave the club this summer, with Saudi Arabia linked as one of his potential destinations.
‘Clermont Foot will be Messi’s final game at PSG,’ said Galtier. ‘I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. It will be Leo’s last match at the Parc des Princes.’
Messi joined PSG after a financial tug of war with Barcelona in 2021 and has won a pair of Ligue 1 titles, though the Parisians have not got any closer to winning the Champions League crown they so desire.
The 35-year-old hinted that leaving Barcelona allowed him to mature as a player and some suggest that leaving his comfort zone allowed him to develop the leadership qualities he displayed in winning the Qatar World Cup in December.
Messi had been linked with a sensational return to Barcelona. He has also been linked with a move to Inter Miami. However, Saudi Arabian side Al-Hillal are confident in signing the 35-year-old.
Messi will be in direct competition with Ronaldo if his deal with Al-Hilal is confirmed
Messi hinted that leaving Barcelona allowed him to mature as a player and develop the leadership qualities he needed to win the World Cup
Messi is said to be interested in a move as Al-Hillal are offering him €400m (£345m) per season to play for their club. Plus, Messi is already a fan of Saudi Arabia – having become their travel ambassador in May 2022.
A move to Saudi Arabia would see Messi face-off against his long-term rival and former Manchester United forward, Ronaldo – who is currently playing for Al-Nassr.
The pair have spent most of their careers locked in a competition – with fans looking at who can score the most goals, win the most trophies, break the most records across the course of their careers.
Now Messi and Ronaldo will be in direct competition. The last time they were playing in the same league was when Messi was at Barcelona and Ronaldo at Real Madrid in Spain at the peak of their powers. Therefore, it would interesting to see them go head-to-head once again.