Jorge Messi, Lionel Messi’s father and agent, denied experiences that his son has agreed to signal a deal to play in Saudi Arabia subsequent season.
AFP reported earlier Tuesday that Messi was headed to Saudi Arabia, the place he already works as a tourism ambassador, with one supply describing the state of affairs as a “carried out deal.” The report did not state which staff Messi would play for, however the Saudi Professional League’s most profitable staff Al-Hilal has been broadly rumored as a touchdown spot.
Messi is below contract along with his present membership, Paris Saint-Germain, by means of June 30.
Jorge did his greatest to pour chilly water on the experiences there was a deal, writing on his Instagram story, “There’s completely nothing agreed with any membership for subsequent 12 months” and any resolution will come after his son finishes the season with PSG.
He additionally took the chance to castigate sure elements of the media for accepting rumors as truth.
There have been earlier experiences that the Saudi authorities provided Messi greater than $400 million per 12 months to play for one among its groups, with Al-Hilal itself not concerned within the negotiations. Any such deal would reunite Messi along with his outdated rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who presently stars for Al-Nassr on a report contract, within the Saudi Professional League.
The place will Lionel Messi play subsequent season?
As issues presently stand, Messi seems to have three potential locations for subsequent season. PSG will not be one among them, as each membership and participant seem snug with that bridge being burned.
Initially is, clearly, Saudi Arabia. Whether or not or not Messi truly has a deal there, it is clear the oil state is coming into negotiations with monumental monetary sources. Signing Messi can be the newest splurge within the nation’s try to have sports activities overshadow its atrocious human rights report on the world stage, an effort that has already seen it land Ronaldo, the LIV Golf tour, a Formulation 1 Grand Prix and a number of other boxing matches and horse races.
Messi has spent the final two years taking part in for an additional membership backed by oil cash, as PSG is owned by the Qatar sovereign wealth fund.
One other contender may very well be the US’ MLS, which has precedent touchdown an internationally famend soccer star with David Beckham. In that case, the league went all-out with a deal that gave Beckham his personal staff, Inter Miami. Bringing in Messi would require an analogous effort.
After which there’s Messi’s outdated flame, F.C. Barcelona, which has reportedly been aggressive pursuing a reunion with its biggest participant ever. With UEFA’s Monetary Honest Play guidelines, it can’t hope to match the Saudi’s reported provide, however there’s at all times the chance that one thing issues greater than cash to Messi right here.