The future of Lionel Messi has been a topic of intense speculation ever since he announced his departure from Barcelona last summer. After spending a season with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), it appears that the Argentine superstar’s time with the French club is coming to an end.
A recent trip to Saudi Arabia has fueled rumors of a potential move to the Middle East, with Messi reportedly receiving a massive offer from the Saudi team Al-Hilal.
According to FIFA agent Marco Kirdemir, who has a good relationship with Al-Khelaifi and the King of Saudi Arabia, Messi’s trip to Saudi Arabia was aimed at exploring the possibility of living in the country. Kirdemir revealed that Messi had been offered a staggering $600 million by Al-Hilal, the team owned by the Saudi King.
While many fans and experts have speculated about Messi’s future, the rumors of a move to Saudi Arabia have raised eyebrows. However, Kirdemir’s comments have shed some light on the situation, suggesting that the 34-year-old is seriously considering the offer.
The news of Messi’s potential move has caused quite a stir, with PSG fans expressing their displeasure at the player’s apparent lack of loyalty to the club.
Kirdemir also suggested that Messi’s presence in Saudi Arabia was a source of tension between him and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, due to the ongoing political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where PSG is based.
Despite the controversy surrounding the potential move, it seems that Saudi Arabia is determined to make a splash in the football world. The country is reportedly aiming to host the 2030 World Cup and is investing heavily in football infrastructure and talent acquisition.
Kirdemir revealed that the Saudi Arabian League has been in talks about acquiring some of the world’s top players, with Sergio Ramos reportedly receiving an offer, and Luka Modric declining one.
As the rumors continue to swirl, it remains to be seen where Messi will end up next season. While his departure from PSG seems all but certain, a move to Saudi Arabia would represent a seismic shift in the football world.
For now, fans will have to wait and see where the Argentine superstar ends up, and whether he can continue to deliver the kind of magic that has made him one of the greatest players of all time.