Since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nasr club, Saudi media have rushed to confirm that the traditional competitor, Al-Hilal, in turn seeks to attract the Argentine star, Lionel Messi, for 400 million euros annually ($ 429 million).
Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires by next summer, which means that he can move within a free transfer deal, in the event that the 35-year-old “Argentine magician” refuses to renew his contract for a year or two with the French giant.
And the Saudi sports journalist, Khaled Al-Thiab, confirmed in tweets to him through his official account on the “Twitter” website, that Al Hilal prepared an offer of 300 million euros to include the Argentine star Lionel Messi after the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, France, indicating that the offer may reach the offer. 400 million euros.
Al-Dhiab pointed out that “the flea” may “welcome the idea in the future.”
In the same context, the sports journalist, Hassan Al-Sabhan, quoted private sources that the president of Al-Hilal club, Fahd bin Nafel, is currently in the French capital, Paris, to sign with Messi, to join the leader in a free transfer, starting from the next season.
Al-Sabhan said that Al-Nasr also entered the line of negotiations, to cut off the road to its rival Al-Hilal, taking advantage of preventing him from signing contracts this winter.
In the event that Messi signs the contract with Al Hilal, he will become the most expensive player in history, according to the expectations of the Spanish newspaper Marca.
On the other hand, Al-Nasr coach Rudi Garcia said that the first appearance of his team star, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, may be against Paris Saint-Germain and his star Messi in a friendly match that includes Al-Nasr and Al-Hilal players in one team on January 19.
The French newspaper “L’Equipe” quoted Garcia as saying, “It (his first match) will not be in the victory shirt. The team will be shared between Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr.”
He added, “As a coach of Al-Nasr, I cannot be happy with this match. As for the development and follow-up of Paris Saint-Germain and the players of the French team, this is very wonderful, but we have a league match after three days.”
He continued, “In terms of timing, a better date could have been agreed, but that is not a big problem… We are in the lead and we are happy. This is a difficult championship to win, but we are looking forward to it.”
Garcia believes that Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia is similar to the late Brazilian legend Pele’s joining the New York Cosmos of America, where Cristiano highlighted the victory and increased the number of his followers on the Instagram application by more than ten million followers since joining last month.
The former Lille and Olympique Lyonnais coach said he hoped Ronaldo could regain his enjoyment of playing football after two difficult months, when his contract with Manchester United was terminated by mutual consent and Portugal were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.
Garcia added, “In recent months, between Manchester United and the national team and on a personal level, he has not had good moments. If he enjoys playing again, that would be a good goal to achieve.”
Al-Nasr won 2-0 over Al-Taei last Friday, and Ronaldo watched the match from the stands, noting that the “Madeira missile” had moved to “Al-Alamy” with a deal estimated at half a billion euros for two and a half years.
Al-Nasr leads the league with 29 points from 12 matches, and is four points ahead of Al-Shabab and Al-Hilal.