The Saudi national team achieved a historic victory over Argentina with two goals to one in a football epic that the Arabs will not forget for many years in the Qatar World Cup 2022. Disappointment was visible on Lionel Messi, who sees this World Cup as his last chance to win the title he has always dreamed of achieving.
That defeat came to Messi coinciding with the departure of his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, from Manchester United after a war of statements from the Portuguese star against the English club that ended with the termination of the contract between the two parties by mutual consent.
And the Spanish newspaper Sport said that Saudi Arabia made an incomparable offer to Messi, which may be a good compensation for the painful loss he suffered in the World Cup.
And as described by the Catalan newspaper, which is close to the family of the former Barcelona star, Saudi Arabia is seeking to cause an earthquake in the football world by bringing Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to play in the local league.
The Portuguese has already received a multi-million-dollar offer that is almost refutable from the Saudi club Al-Nasr and negotiations are very advanced, while Saudi football wants to talk to the Argentine after the World Cup despite the fact that there are already contacts.
The sudden exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United may have a lot to do with the astronomical offer the Saudis are putting on the table. The Portuguese wanted to play at the highest level until the World Cup in Qatar and refused to leave this summer to play in the English Premier League.
It is not ruled out that Christian will play six months in Newcastle on loan because they have Saudi owners, but the goal is for the Portuguese to go to Al-Nassr to end his sports career. There is talk of net figures of over €200m for two seasons.
Saudi Arabia go to Leo Messi for an extraordinary competition in their domestic league. In fact, the Argentine star has already signed a contract as an ambassador for tourism in Saudi Arabia for astronomical figures. The figure has not been leaked but it could be more than $100 million for five years. Then comes the option to play in the Arabian Peninsula for a net salary unattainable for any club in the world.
President of the Federation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Yasser Al-Mashaal admitted only a few hours ago to the Argentine newspaper “La Nacion” that they would try the matter with Messi: “We want to talk to him about this – about signing for a Saudi team – after the World Cup.”
Messi visited Saudi Arabia in May to be part of the Saudi tourism campaign. He was accompanied by his brother and some Argentine soccer player. There was filming and many television and video clips were recorded that are now seeing the light of day. Leo gets to see the country first hand and already knows they love him.
At the moment he will play until the end of the season for PSG to win the Champions League, but after that anything can happen. Returning to repeat his sporting confrontation with Cristiano or playing together for the first time in history can be a catalyst.