When the coach of Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal, Ramon Diaz was asked about the transfer rumours surrounding the Argentine World Cup winner Lionel Messi to the middle east, he gave a simple yet clear answer by saying, “We’ll see.” The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner is expected to leave Paris-Saint Germain once his contract with the club runs out after the 2022-23 football season finishes.
According to some reports, Lionel Messi has a £400 million ($506 million) contract proposal on the table from Saudi Arabia. If the deal with Al-Hilal gets finalised for the Argentine, then he will go head-to-head one more time against his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who is already a part of Al-Nassr.
Ahead of the King Cup of Champions final for Al-Hilal against Al-Wehda on May 12, Ramon Diaz was quoted as saying to the reporters about the Lionel Messi transfer speculation, “Now we are focused on the game; we have a final. And after the final, we’ll see what happens.”
Recently, FC Barcelona has also revealed that they have held talks with the PSG man regarding a potential transfer to his boyhood club for the next season. But the financial difficulties for the Catalan club could become a huge hurdle to ensure the second coming of Messi.
Furthermore, there will be some interest from clubs in the Premier League and Major League Soccer to acquire the services of Lionel Messi, in case he decides to not go to Saudi Arabia to continue with the next stage of his footballing career.