Al Hilal wants Lionel Messi in £245m-a-year deal to re-ignite on-pitch rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Al-Nassr

Jorge, Lionel Messi’s father, is rumoured to be in Riyadh meeting with Al-Hilal to discuss the potential of his son signing a whopping £245 million contract to play for the Saudi side.

It will reignite the on-field rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently joined Al-Nassr, if the move eventually takes place.

The Argentina captain has reportedly promised PSG that he will sign an extension of his contract, which is set to expire in June. However, it has just come to light that Al-Hilal is eager to bring him to Saudi Arabia.

According to Mundo Deportivo, they would be willing to give him $300 million year (£245 million) to expedite a transaction.

Nasser Al-Attiyah, a relative of the Emir of Qatar, has further fuelled speculation that he will move to the Middle East after reportedly stating: ‘Messi, his next club after his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, will be Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hilal are currently banned from adding players until the next transfer window, but they want Messi to sign now ahead of a potential move in the summer.

Messi’s father has arrived in the Saudi capital to discuss the proposed move, as reported by The New Arab, which would see Messi renew his on-pitch rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo joined fellow Saudi side Al-Nassr last month and will receive £175m per year during his time with the club.

Should Messi accept Al-Hilal’s proposal, he will earn more than Ronaldo and also get the chance to play against his arch-rival.

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