AFP reported on the 9th that Lionel Messi (36, Paris Saint-Germain), the ‘god of football’, has agreed to travel to Saudi Arabia for professional football.
The media reported breaking news, “According to a well-informed official, Messi’s trip to Saudi Arabia was a ‘dawn deal’ (contract completed).” “Messi will play in Saudi Arabia next season. It is a very large contract, and only detailed coordination remains.” An official from Paris Saint-Germain, France’s current team, also admitted to breaking up with Messi, saying, “If we were going to renew the contract with Messi, we would have done it sooner.”
Media around the world, such as France’s Requipe and Britain’s Daily Mail, also reported this news. The football world around the world was turned upside down with expectations that the ‘Meho War’ would unfold again with rival Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr), who is playing in Saudi Arabia.
However, about three hours later, Jorge Messi, Messi’s father and agent, came forward and dismissed it as ‘fake news’. Jorge Messi said on his social media Instagram, “I have not reached an agreement with any club regarding the next season. A decision will not be made until the end of the season. There have always been rumors and many misuse Messi’s name, but there is only one truth. There will be no verbal agreements, no agreements, no signings until the season is over.”
Messi did not sign an extension contract with his current team, Paris Saint-Germain, whose contract period is until June of this year. Messi, who serves as a public relations ambassador for the Saudi Tourism Agency, went on a trip to Saudi Arabia without permission after the match against Lorient in the French League 1 on the 30th of last month. After receiving his team discipline, Messi posted an apology video on social media wearing a suit.카지노사이트
While the separation from Paris Saint-Germain is certain, three places have been selected as Messi’s next destination: Al-Hilal, which has the most money in Saudi Arabia, his former team FC Barcelona (Spain), and Inter Miami in the United States. Messi’s next team is expected to be finalized after this season is over.
Ahead of next year’s Copa America, Messi wants to remain on the European stage and continue to maintain his skills. Furthermore, they are looking forward to the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America. However, his parent team, Barcelona, is suffering from financial difficulties. It is also known that Messi’s wife, Antonella Roccuso, did not want to live in Saudi Arabia.
However, it is known that the Saudi team is tempting Messi with a huge amount of 870 billion won. Earlier, Ronaldo was also hopeless, but at the end of December last year, he wore a Saudi Al Nasr uniform for an annual salary of 200 million euros (287.7 billion won).
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF) acquired Newcastle, an English professional football team, with ‘oil money’ in recent years, and launched the LIV Golf Invitational Series. In addition, the Asian Winter Games will be held in Neom City in 2029. It is one of the puzzles in Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, dubbed ‘Mr. Everything’, is diversifying his oil-oriented business and investing in entertainment. However, there are criticisms that sports are used as a tool for ‘sportswashing’ to wash the image of a country that oppresses human rights.