Surprise. Al-Hilal prepares huge offer to include Messi ahead of Club World Cup
Saudi club Al-Hilal are preparing to sign Argentine striker Lionel Messi to a record contract worth 330 million euros a year, according to the Spanish newspaper Deportivo.
Earlier, the Saudi winner signed a contract until 2025 with the five-time winner of the Golden Ball, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, the total amount of the working agreement is estimated at 100 million euros, with another 100 million euros from advertising contracts, which will make him the highest paid player in the world.
And the Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Al-Hilal is ready to bid on a contract with the Portuguese and intends to bring Messi to first place in the world salary rankings.
The newspaper emphasized that Al-Hilal’s ambition is to secure a contract with Messi in the current winter Mercato, hoping that he will lead the team in next month’s Club World Cup in Morocco, which will make him tempt Messi with a salary of more than $300 million. euros, in addition to talking to Parisian club officials when they travel to Riyadh to meet a team of Al-Zaim and Al-Alamy players on 19 January.
According to the publication, the Saudi authorities are interested in attracting Messi, as they see that the presence of Argentine and Portuguese stars in the local championship can have a positive impact on attracting tourists and help the country, along with Egypt and Greece, in the fight to host the 2030 World Cup.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s contract with Saint-Germain expires at the end of the current 2022-2023 season, after he joined in the summer of 2021.