Football superstar Lionel Messi.


Lionel Messi to visit Saudi Arabia: Al Hilal to offer deal

Talk is rife of Al Hilal offering a deal to Lionel Messi as the football superstar is expected to visit Saudi Arabia soon.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al Khatib, said that Messi will be visiting the kingdom on holiday. Messi is Saudi Arabia’s tourism ambassador.

“I am happy to welcome our Tourism Ambassador and star Lionel Messi and his family and friends this month on his second visit to Saudi to enjoy our most beautiful tourism destinations, connect with our people and enjoy unique experiences,” Al Khatib wrote on Twitter.

Excitement surged about the World Cup champion’s possible move to Saudi Arabia as his father and agent landed in Riyadh earlier this week.

Reports have circulated that Al Hilal is interested in offering Messi a deal to “match” Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract. Ronaldo’s deal with Al Nassr is reportedly worth more than 200 million euros.

Al Hilal reportedly made Messi a “huge offer” to join once his contract with PSG ends in June. Last month, Al Hilal coach Ramon Diaz said Ronaldo’s presence in Saudi Arabia may also attract Messi. ICA/Expat Media

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