May 5 – Having seemingly fallen out irreconcilably with Paris St Germain, Lionel Messi is reported to have received a formal offer to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal next season.
Argentine media have reported that the offer is worth an eye-watering $400 million a year, scuppering Barcelona’s hopes of re-signing the 35-year-old and bring him back to his boyhood club.
Messi was suspended by PSG at the start of the week after making an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, with the club deciding against exercising an option to renew his contract for a third season.
Messi is a Saudi ambassador for tourism and would be following in the footsteps of his long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed for Saudi club Al-Nassr in December in a deal reported to be worth around $220 million per year.
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