Ex-Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s offer from Al-Hilal reportedly reaches unprecedented amount of over $500 million per year

It’s no secret that Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal has shown interest in bringing seven times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi to the Middle East. Now, new rumors have emerged, suggesting that the club has put in a new offer that far exceeds the already outrageous previous offer.

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According to previous reports and rumors, Al-Hilal has offered a staggering deal worth $400 million in salary to the 2022 World Cup winning captain. Also, previously, Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Messi, as well as Al-Hilal have denied any agreement between the Saudi club and the player.

Now, according to Catalan businessman Jaume Roures, Al-Hilal has substantially improved the deal, with the new offer being south of the $500 million annual mark.

When current FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta ran for reelection in 2020, Mediapro owner Jaume Roures backed him by putting up €30 million ($32.5 million) in guarantees to ensure Laporta’s installation as president. As a fourth ‘economic lever,’ he saved the club in the summer of 2022 by shelling out €100 million ($108 million) for 24.5% of Barca Studios.

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Jaume Roures

Using these knobs, Barca was able to attract star players like Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, and Raphinha. They worked together to help Barca win La Liga for the first time in four years, and now that they are champions, the Catalans can focus on bolstering their squad for the upcoming 2023–2024 season.

Lionel Messi is the top priority for Barcelona

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has pledged to do whatever it takes to bring their coveted talisman back to Camp Nou, according to SPORT. The seven times Ballon d’Or winner will receive $27 million annually as remuneration should he make the fairytale return all fans are desperate for.

Jaume Roures seems to be well-informed about Messi’s transfer situation. He spoke about the 35-year-old’s potential return to FC Barcelona as well as gave an insight about the Al-Hilal situation while appearing on Cadena SER

“I think it’s possible that he will come back, even though the Saudis have upped the ante to over $500 million a year,” Jaume said.

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He then went on to mention that the experience in Paris was not really a convenient one for Messi, and reflected on the bad situation Cristiano Ronaldo is currently undergoing in Saudi Arabia.

He also said that he believes the Messi transfer drama will come to an end soon: “In May? I think so; it will have to be decided in May.”

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Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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