Al-Ittihad club of Saudi Arabia will give the world cup winner, Lionel Messi a lucrative deal.
Lionel Messi has yet to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain and, as of now, will be a free agent this summer. One likely destination is Saudi Arabia, where Al Ittihad is ready to offer him an exorbitant annual salary.
Undoubtedly, there are many rumors about Messi’s future, but the most recent one blows them all out of the water in terms of money. It would also be a huge blow to Qatar if Messi left their Paris project for the Saudi Premier League.
Al-Ittihad, led by Nuno Espirito Santo, are preparing a bid for Messi that could pay him 94 million dollars each season. They may have even approached Messi’s inner circle informally to gauge his interest in moving to Jeddah.
The goal for Al Ittihad is to win a national title for the first time since 2008/09 and challenge Al Hilal and Al Nassr, who have dominated since then. President Mansour Al Blouwi is also eager to make amends for his inability to persuade Ronaldo Nazario to join in 2007, when he was on his way out of Real Madrid.
With Cristiano Ronaldo already at Al Nassr, there had been rumors that Al Hilal had made many bids to Messi, eager to have a star on par with their competitors. Ramon Diaz, the Argentine who coaches Al Hilal, commented about the potential before his team’s loss to Real Madrid.
“Saudi Arabia now has the opportunity to get Messi; think the power this country possesses,” Diaz remarked.
“We’re waiting for that time till the result of his current contract deal.”
Messi’s visit will definitely strengthen the whole country and its image as it seeks for the right to host the 2030 World Cup.