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Is about to move to Saudi Arabia: Lionel Messi © APA/afp / ALAIN JOCARD

Messi is apparently moving to Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi's move to the Saudi Arabian football league is said to be nearing completion, according to French media reports.

The news agency AFP quoted a source from the kingdom as saying that the signature was “a done deal”. Only small details still need to be clarified. According to reports, the 35-year-old Messi will receive no less than 500 million euros for a two-year contract. The Argentine is under contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 30th.


Messi has been Saudi Arabia's tourism ambassador for years. It has already been reported that the seven-time world footballer has received an offer from Al-Hilal. Like the ones from the AFP The person quoted noted that the future employer is still open. “It is Saudi Arabia that is buying him, not a specific club. The money comes from one place – PIF,” he said. This is the Saudi Arabian public investment fund.

More money than Ronaldo

Messi would become the highest-earning athlete. His long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo earned a reported 200 million euros per season after his transfer to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, making him the world's top earner. The Portuguese signed in the Saudi Pro League until 2025.

But nothing has been fixed yet, Jorge Messi made it clear on the same day. “We can assure you that there is nothing with anyone. Neither verbal, nor signed, nor agreed, and there will be nothing until the end of the season,” Messi’s father said in a statement. "The decision will never be made until Lionel finishes the league with PSG." Once the season is over, "it will be time to analyze and see what is out there and then a decision will have to be made" .

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