Al-Hilal are reportedly set to offer Lionel Messi a €220 million per year deal to match the package Al-Nassr gave Cristiano Ronaldo.
WHAT HAPPENED? Ronaldo set sail for the Saudi Pro League in December after mutually terminating his contract at Manchester United before the 2022 World Cup.
The 38-year-old is set to earn a whopping £177m per year ($215m) at Al-Nassr, according to AFP, while also moving into an ambassador role after his playing career ends in 2024. Now, according to Marca, Al-Nassr’s fierce rivals Al-Hilal are preparing a similar offer for Messi as they attempt to lure the Argentine to Riyadh from Paris Saint-Germain.
Al-Hilal are currently serving a transfer ban, but will be free to sign Messi in the summer, and the Saudi government is also prepared to change salary cap laws to facilitate the arrival of the World Cup winner.
AND WHAT’S MORE: It remains to be seen whether Messi will be open to joining his long-time rival Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, with it reported that the 35-year-old wants to continue playing in the Champions League for at least one more season.