Lionel Messi, is reportedly on the brink of signing a contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal football club. According to Saudi Gazette, Messi is expected to be unveiled as Al Hilal’s latest signing within the next 48 hours, sparking a wave of anticipation and excitement across the global football community.
While the exact value of the deal and Messi’s salary have not been finalized, expectations suggest that the deal could cost upwards of $400 million per year for two years. This move comes after Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) concluded, and he made an unauthorised visit to Riyadh last month, which expedited his exit from PSG.
Messi’s journey has been filled with twists and turns. After his contract with PSG ended, he was courted by various clubs, including Barcelona, Newcastle, Chelsea, Inter Miami, and even a return to his boyhood club Rosario. However, due to Barcelona’s financial situation, a return to the club seemed untenable.
A New Chapter
Messi’s potential move to Al Hilal signifies a new chapter in his illustrious career. The transfer could redefine the global footballing landscape, shifting the allure of European football and positioning Saudi Arabia as a new destination for global talent. The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by another Saudi club has already demonstrated the nation’s commitment to challenging the traditional powerhouses of the sport.
Impact on Saudi Arabia’s Football Scene
Messi’s arrival would undoubtedly push Saudi Arabia’s footballing revolution further, attracting global attention and inspiring a new generation of footballers within the country. This landmark transfer is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s ambitious investment in football infrastructure and its commitment to acquiring high-profile stars.
In Messi’s official statement to ESPN, he expressed his gratitude towards PSG, saying, “I am happy to have been able to represent PSG. I really enjoyed playing on this team and with such good players. I want to thank the club for a wonderful experience in Paris.“
As football fans around the world eagerly await the official announcement, one thing is certain – Messi’s potential move to Al Hilal is set to make waves in the world of football.