Al-Hilal is planning to provide Lionel Messi with a yearly salary of €220 million, which is equivalent to what Al-Nassr offered Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo left Manchester United in December and joined the Saudi Pro League by terminating his contract. He will reportedly earn £177m per year ($215m) at Al-Nassr and will also serve as an ambassador for the club after retiring in 2024.
Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr’s rivals, are said to be preparing a similar offer for Lionel Messi. Despite currently serving a transfer ban, they are expected to be able to sign Messi in the summer. The Saudi government is also reportedly willing to change salary cap laws to make the move possible.
Saudi government may adjust salary caps to facilitate Messi move
Lionel Messi’s current contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to end in the summer, and although negotiations for a renewal have been ongoing, a final agreement has not yet been reached.
As a result, a free transfer to the Middle East could be a viable option for the Argentine star. Al-Hilal is interested in bringing Messi to Riyadh. They seek to replace Cristiano Ronaldo as the face of Saudi Arabian football.
They are even willing to offer him an initial one-year contract. Messi is already Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Ambassador and has visited the country multiple times for promotional activities. Adding to the ongoing transfer speculation, Jorge Messi, his father and agent, was recently spotted in Riyadh.
It is not clear if Messi would consider joining Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia. There are reports that he wants to continue playing in the Champions League for at least another season.
There is also speculation that he may turn down a move to Inter Miami in MLS for the same reason. If he does leave PSG, a return to Barcelona has been suggested as the most likely option for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.