In a stunning turn of events, Lionel Messi is set to make a sensational move to Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain. This move will reignite the fierce rivalry between Messi and his long-time counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently plays for Al-Hilal's rivals Al-Nassr.
After declining a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, Messi's future has been the subject of intense speculation. While a return to Barcelona seemed plausible, financial difficulties at the club made it unfeasible. Other potential destinations, including MLS side Inter Miami, also appeared to be off the table. However, recent reports from France indicate that Messi's move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia is a "done deal," with the player set to sign a staggering £522 million contract.
This move will see Messi and Ronaldo, two icons of the sport, face off once again on the football field. While their rivalry has captivated fans worldwide over the years, it seemed to have reached its conclusion when Messi departed Barcelona in 2021. Now, the football world is abuzz with anticipation for their renewed clash in the Saudi Arabian league.
Back to training ⚽️🔙#AlHilal 💙 pic.twitter.com/bCjYAfbwHW— AlHilal Saudi Club (@Alhilal_EN) May 8, 2023
The anonymous Saudi source close to the negotiations confirmed that Messi's move is of significant magnitude, labeling it a "huge" transfer. The 35-year-old Argentine superstar's decision to join Al-Hilal suggests that he has resolved any concerns he had about the move, despite reported reservations from his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, about relocating their family to the Middle East.
According to reports, Messi's contract with Al-Hilal is expected to span two years, with the option for a third. By the time the contract expires, Messi would have reached the age of 38. Although Messi may have preferred to remain in Europe and keep an eye on the financial situation at Barcelona, it appears that he has definitively ruled out a return to his former club.
The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry, which has defined an era of football, will undoubtedly be reignited as they both represent Saudi Arabian clubs. Their individual battles for supremacy have enthralled football fans for more than a decade, with each player accumulating numerous accolades, including Ballon d'Or awards.
Ramos 🇪🇸 : "Messi is the best football has ever produced"— Halsey (@Meandmyself017) May 8, 2023
Rooney 🏴: "Despite my friendship with Cristiano I'll go with Messi"
Ozil 🇩🇪: " I'd say Messi coz he won the wc"
Luis Figo 🇵🇹 : "Messi didn't need to win the wc to be the best in history"
All are Ronaldo's ex teammates pic.twitter.com/eZedr21Skm
The stage is now set for a thrilling clash between Messi and Ronaldo in the Saudi Arabian league, and football enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await their upcoming encounters. Their on-field duels have transcended mere sporting competition, captivating audiences with their exceptional skill, goal-scoring prowess, and relentless pursuit of excellence.