Al-Nassr’s Saudi rivals make offers for two Barcelona legends to convince Messi

Al-Nassr's title rivals have unearthed a cunning ploy in their attempt to convince Lionel Messi to make the switch to the Saudi Pro League.

Al-Hilal, currently nine points behind Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr, have long been keen on pursuing a sensational deal which would bring Ronaldo's old foe to the Saudi Arabian capital, resuming their decade-long battle for supremacy.

Since 2008, only Real Madrid stars Karim Benzema and Luka Modric have been able to take Ballon d'Or crowns from the clutches of Ronaldo and Messi, who have won the prestigious award five and seven times respectively.

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Making the move to the Middle East following a high-profile fallout with Erik ten Hag and the Manchester United hierarchy, Ronaldo penned a two-and-half-year deal at Al-Nassr, earning a staggering £175m a season.

Five months later, Messi is also in the midst of his own public scandal, suspended by PSG for making an unauthorised trip without informing club chiefs. Also at the end of his initial two-year deal, the World Cup winner has agreed to leave Paris when his contract expires – the Ligue 1 giants will not exercise their option of a further year at the Parc Des Princes.

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As a return to Barcelona is the most likely outcome, Al-Hilal have already started to put in the groundwork for a stunning coup, making contact with two La Blaugrana legends in order to convince Messi to snub his former club.

As per French journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, the Buraydah-based outfit have made offers to Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets. Alba still has one year remaining on his lucrative £186k-a-week deal while Busquets is out of contract in the summer.

The report also states Al-Hilal are exploring the possibility of attracting Messi's current teammate Marco Verratti. The Italian only extended his contract in December 2022 but is understood to be exploring his options.


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