Lionel Messi’s father responds to reports of Saudi Arabia ‘done deal’ transfer

“Once the season is over it will be time to analyse and see what is out there, and then make a decision … We can assure you that there is nothing with anyone. Neither verbal, nor signed, nor agreed, and there will not be until the end of the season.”

Messi, who apologised to PSG and his team mates last week, returned to training on Monday.

The Indpendent reported last week that Saudi Arabia have made Messi a huge offer, as part of an extensive plan to have the Saudi Pro League as the final stage of the historic rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The idea would be to create a new buzz around the competition as “the home of football glamour”, before a prospective 2030 World Cup

A source close to Argentina’s captain told Reuters that he had received a formal offer to join the Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal next season, with a contract renewal at PSG not on the cards for the World Cup winner, who turns 36 next month.

The oil-rich nation appointed Messi its tourism ambassador last year and he visited Jeddah in May 2022.

He returned in January to play a friendly match with PSG against a team of Saudi League stars, when he faced his great rival Ronaldo.

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