The Saudi Club Al Hilal is ready to sign Leo Messi to a yearly record contract of $299 million.
The news of the Messi transfer has shocked his fans in Paris and around the world. The Argentinian striker just won the World Cup in 2022. The player is enjoying his prime time while playing in Europe. But this news came as a shock to the fans that Messi is going to join Saudi Club Al Hilal.
A brief history of Saudi Club Al Hilal. The club has its home ground in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Al Hilal competes in the Saudi Pro League. This club has won the most trophies in the region, with 65 official awards. The club was formed in 1957, and since then, it has been making its way into the news by winning multiple trophies.
Messi’s transfer to the Saudi Club is because Saudi Arabia is opening its economy to vacationers. The Saudis want to reshape their economy from petroleum to a tourist economy, similar to what the UAE did in the 1990s. The country is spending a lot of money to promote itself.
A few weeks ago, Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by a Saudi club, Al Nassr, for a record-breaking $200 million plus deal. The news is coming that Messi will be transferred to Al Hilal for $299 million, the most expensive deal in football history. His age is 35, and if he signs this deal, he will be the most valuable player in the world.
According to reports, Messi has verbally agreed to extend his PSG contract, but there is no written contract between him and PSG management.
He has only six months of contract with PSG, but the player and club want to end this uncertainty as soon as possible.
Al Hilal is ready, as per the news, to sign him for $299 million, which is almost $100 million more than its archrival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s contract will last two and a half years, and Messi’s agreement will be longer than Ronaldo’s.
If Saudi Pro League successfully signs these two players, it will be a game-changer for Saudi Pro League. The teams and the league will achieve unprecedented heights. The viewership will increase, which will help them reach to a greater international audience. E.g., when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al Nassr, the club gained 10 million Instagram followers within one week.
If Messi and Ronaldo came to Saudi Arabia, their rivalry would be fierce. Al Hilal and Al Nassr, two Saudi clubs, have a bitter rivalry, making the tournament more entertaining.
MARCA Sports has reported that Messi’s agent, his father (Jorge Messi), has not confirmed the extension at PSG or joining Al-Hilal.
Fans of Messi and Al-Hilal Club are anxiously anticipating the signing of this deal. This will lead to a Saudi Arabian version of the El-Classico