Lionel Messi (36) leaves Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and leaves for the Saudi Arabia league.
AFP reported on the 9th that Messi had signed a ‘blockbuster’ contract with the Saudi club, citing an official familiar with the contract process.
The official told AFP, “Messi’s contract has been completed, and Messi will play in the Saudi league from next season.” “The size of the contract is enormous. It remains only to fine-tune the details.”
PSG also virtually admitted to breaking up with Messi. A PSG official said in an interview with AFP, “If we were going to renew the contract with Messi, we would have done it a long time ago.” Messi’s contract with PSG is until June 30th.
It has not been confirmed which team in the Saudi league it will go to. Previously, Spanish broadcasting channel N reported on the 7th that Messi would transfer to Al-Hilal along with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba (above Barcelona). Transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano also revealed the specific amount that Messi is negotiating with Al-Hilal and that he was offered more than $400 million a year from Al-Hilal. However, the next day, Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish sports media outlet, quoted an official from Messi’s side and said, “Messi has nothing to do with Al-Hilal’s transfer.” 먹튀검증
As the relationship between Messi and PSG has recently deteriorated, transfer rumors have followed. Messi was recently suspended from team games for two weeks after visiting Saudi Arabia without consulting PSG, saying he was going to carry out his mission as a public relations ambassador for the Saudi Tourism Authority. Here, a breakup was expected as PSG offered Messi a 25% salary cut as a condition for renewing the contract.
As Messi moved to the Saudi league, the ‘Meho War’ unfolded in Saudi Arabia. Previously, Al Nasr of the Saudi League agreed to pay 270 billion won a year to Cristiano Ronaldo, who had achieved two mountain ranges with Messi after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and recruited him. Sports media outlet The Athletic reported that Saudi Arabia is also keeping an eye on Neymar (PSG) and Luka Modric (Real Madrid).