Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in January, Saudi Arabia is reportedly willing to change their laws to allow Lionel Messi to be offered a lucrative contract in the Middle East.
Per a recent rumors, the 35-year-old is still being courted by Al Hilal, Ronaldo’s Saudi Pro League rivals.
It has been claimed that Al Hilal was interested in signing Ronaldo but were unable to do so due to a transfer ban, and that they are now planning “revenge” on Al Nassr by pursuing a deal for the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner.
As reported by Spanish publication Marca, Saudi Arabia would be willing to relax salary restrictions to accommodate the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, as they did with Ronaldo.
The publication said that, Messi will be given a staggering €220 million a year in the Middle East, while his longtime rival at Al Nassr is thought to make about €196 million yearly.
The former Barcelona captain already has a relationship with Saudi Arabia, having agreed to become an ambassador for the country’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
Messi’s current contract with PSG expires at the end of the season, and he has not yet decided whether to play football after June 2023, as per reports.