Lionel Messi set to make ‘world’s biggest contract offer’ to beat Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Hilal are set to offer Lionel Messi a mouth-watering contract worth up to £288million per year.
The 35-year-old has just six months left on his current deal at Paris Saint-Germain and could be set to leave Ligue 1 this summer. Messi has scored an impressive 13 goals and 14 assists in 20 appearances for PSG this season, as well as scoring seven times at the World Cup in Qatar.
It is understood that Inter Miami are highly interested in the former Barcelona man, with David Beckham eyeing a move to take him across to MLS. The former Manchester United midfielder has long touted the prospect of a superstar like Messi joining his MLS franchise, while Messi himself has admitted that he would be keen to play in the US before the end of his career.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal are plotting a mega-money deal for Messi after Saudi Pro League rivals Al-Nassr completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo last month. The reported amount would see Messi overtake Ronaldo as the highest paid player in the world.
Ronaldo signed a £173m-a-year contract at Al-Nassr on 30 December following his controversial exit from United, where he criticized the club, the Glazers and manager Erik ten Haag. The 37-year-old has battled it out with Messi for both individual and team honors over the past two decades and that could now continue in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is currently preparing a bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with Greece and Egypt, and will have two of the greatest footballers of all time starring in their domestic league. Mundo have cited two different figures to say that Al-Hihal are prepared to offer Messi £266m per year or up to £288m per year if they sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
It is also claimed that it would be difficult to decline the offer, it remains to be seen whether Argentina will agree to move to a country with such a complex climate in terms of different customs and temperatures. Messi won the World Cup in Qatar last month in similar circumstances, starring for Argentina when they lifted the trophy for the first time in 1986.
Al-Hilal are currently third in the Saudi Pro League, three points behind Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr at the top of the table, although Al-Zaim have drawn three of their last four matches in all competitions. Former United striker Odion Ighalo is currently leading the line for Al-Hilal, while Luciano Vito and Saudi Arabia World Cup star Salem Al-Dawsari are also part of their squad at the moment.
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