Football legend Lionel Messi intends to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. The second highest paid athlete in the world is eyeing a huge deal to play in the Saudi Professional League this summer.
- The BBC reports that Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, has informed PSG of the 35-year-old star’s decision, ending his two-year stint in Paris.
- This report comes a day after Messi, the 2022 world champion with Argentina, was suspended without pay for two weeks by Paris Saint-Germain for making a promotional trip to Saudi Arabia without the team’s approval, after the team was defeated 3-1 by FC Lorient. .
- Messi reportedly rejected the club’s option for a third year with Paris Saint-Germain, after signing a huge deal of nearly 95 million euros with the French club in 2021, and is in talks with the Saudi government about a contract. $400m (€362m) annual contract to play in the Saudi Professional League, which would be the biggest sporting deal ever – nearly double the $200m (€181m) deal for longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo to play in Saudi Arabia until The year is 2025, the Telegraph reported.
Speculation has emerged in recent months that Messi is considering leaving Paris Saint-Germain, with reports that Saudi club Al-Hilal have sent him an offer of up to $438 million (€397 million) per year. Although football market analyst Fabrizio Romano stated that Messi He is the best. The priority is to stay in Europe. Then the Spanish radio station Onda Cero reported that Messi was considering joining Al-Hilal after a year in Barcelona, where he played between 2004 and 2021 (Messi did not receive an offer from Barcelona, the BBC reported). There is also talk that Messi, considered one of the best players of all time, will receive an offer to join the club from Inter Miami.
We estimate that Lionel Messi has earned $130 million (€118 million) over the past year, including his on-field contract and multimillion-dollar off-field endorsement deals, including $20 million with blockchain platform Socius, as ranked by Forbes. Among the 10 highest paid athletes.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Brian Bouchard
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