Lionel Messi is reportedly in a deal with Al-Hilal, a Saudi Arabian club. Sergio Busquets, too, is reportedly on his way to Al-Hilal. Messi’s future is one of the biggest talking points since the World Cup, as his PSG contract expires at the end the season. Argentina’s captain has been linked to many teams, including Inter Miami and returning to Barcelona. But now it seems he is set on another club.
Reports claim that he will sign with his former Barcelona teammates, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, for the Saudi Arabian team Al-Hilal. They are expected to join him at Riyadh. According to reports, the deal will be worth approximately PS 262 millions a year. This is one of football’s most expensive contracts.
Messi’s decision would bring him back into conflict with his former rival Ronaldo as they re-establish rivalry in the Middle East. Busquets’ joining the Argentine alongside him would be a major blow to the 38-year-old, as Al-Nassr had hoped to sign the player themselves.
PSG fined and banned Messi for two weeks last week after he went to Saudi Arabia without permission after losing to Lorient in Ligue 1. Messi apologized last Friday for his actions, claiming it was an honest error as he thought the team had a free day. Messi, despite being available, was not chosen to play against Troyes.
In his apology, The Argentine stated, “I want to apologize to my teammates as well as the club. Sincerely, I thought that we would have a rest day after the match like in previous weeks. I was supposed to go on this trip, but I cancelled it. I couldn’t cancel it again. I apologize again for my mistake. I’m waiting to hear from the club what they want to do. .”
Messi is already a major player in Saudi Arabian society, serving as the tourism ambassador of the country. It looks like Messi will also be playing football in the Middle East.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammate Lionel Messi chooses him over him in the GOAT discussion
Cristiano Cristiano’s former Real Madrid player Mesut Ozil claimed recently that Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi was currently ahead of Portuguese following the World Cup. Ozil was asked recently to give his opinion on the Ronaldo-Messi debate.
In previous debates, the former Real Madrid and Arsenal star has backed Ronaldo on numerous occasions. His decision to support Lionel Messi may have surprised some. During their time together at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo formed a fantastic partnership with Mesut Ozil. They played together for 149 matches, scoring 39 goals combined.
Ronaldo did not include Ozil in his recent best XI of former teammates. Ronaldo chose Real Madrid legends Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Rio Ferdinand for the defense.
The 38-year old chose the Real Madrid midfielders Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Paul Scholes from Man United. Ronaldo chose Wayne Rooney and Karim Béléma to be his attackers.