Saudi club Al Hilal makes official $400 million offer to Messi
During a trip to Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain was joined by his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, and their two boys,According to a source close to Argentina's World Cup-winning captain, Lionel Messi has accepted a formal offer to play for Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal next season.
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Messi accepts $400 million offer from Saudi club Al Hilal amid other rumors
According to the source, Messi has only ever received an offer from the Saudi club, The deal, according to Argentine media, is valued at almost $400 million annually, An inquiry for comment made outside of regular business hours was not immediately answered by Al Hilal.
Inter Miami of Major League Soccer in the United States has also been mentioned as a potential destination for the 35-year-old Messi, Messi has also been linked in the media with a transfer return to his old team, Barcelona.
According to the French sports newspaper L'Equipe, he was suspended by his current club, Paris St. Germain, at the beginning of the week after taking an illegal vacation to Saudi Arabia, PSG also opted not to exercise an option to prolong his contract for a third season.
Messi serves as a tourist ambassador for Saudi Arabia, while Cristiano Ronaldo, a longtime adversary, inked a contract with the Saudi club Al Nassr in December, reportedly for over $220 million annually.
Messi’s departure from his club
According to a second source who is close to Messi, the ban was implemented after the striker informed PSG that he would leave Paris after this season and that the team needed a project.
The insider also said that PSG had no scheduled workouts on Monday and that the idea to hold one came only after Messi had left for Saudi Arabia.
A PSG insider rejected this, saying Reuters reported that Messi left without the French club's consent and despite the fact that there was a scheduled workout on Monday.
The insider remained mum when asked if Messi had already informed PSG that he wanted to depart at the end of the current campaign.