Lionel Messi ‘chased by two Saudi Arabian clubs’ offering him ‘£306m a season’

According to reports in Spain, Lionel Messi is wanted by ANOTHER Saudi club, with Jedah side Al-Ittihad ready to offer the Argentine a £306m-a-year deal while Al-Hilal ready to match him – in one move , who would reignite the rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Cristiano Ronaldo recently joined Saudi club Al Nassr for £175million a year
  • Lionel Messi is now being offered over £300m-a-year to join the league
  • Al-Itthad is said to have joined Al-Hilal in the hunt for the Argentine star
  • The 35-year-old’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in June

Lionel Messi reportedly has another suitor from Saudi Arabia – Al-Ittihad is said to have joined Al-Hilal in the race for the world champion.

Rumors spread earlier this week that Al-Hilal was ready to spend £245million on the Argentina star, but “Al-Ittihad is now said to have expressed interest” in the Paris Saint-Germain star – with the league trying to keep it to increase star power after Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr.

According to reports from Marca, both clubs are willing to pay Messi a whopping “£306m” per season, dwarfing the £175m earned by his old rival Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi is reportedly being courted by two Saudi clubs after his World Cup win

Lionel Messi is reportedly being courted by two Saudi clubs after his World Cup win

It comes after Cristiano Ronaldo struck a deal worth £175m-a-year with Al Nassr

It comes after Cristiano Ronaldo struck a deal worth £175m-a-year with Al Nassr

They also report that both interested clubs are currently being sanctioned by FIFA for ‘irregularities’ and could only sign Messi in the summer.

Marca also name the likes of Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Ramos as targets for the Saudi league.

In theory, Messi would be available in June as he is out of contract with PSG but the 35-year-old is said to have assured the club he will sign a contract extension.

Lionel Messi made his first appearance for PSG since winning the World Cup on Wednesday

Lionel Messi made his first appearance for PSG since winning the World Cup on Wednesday

He produced a superb performance for the French side earlier this week to mark their first return leg since winning the World Cup in December.

If the Argentine legend were to join Al-Hilal, it could spark the return of one of football’s greatest rivals.

Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nassr appeared to have signaled the end of his struggle with Messi but that could soon change.

A move to Saudi Arabia would allow the legendary rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo to resume on the pitch

A move to Saudi Arabia would allow the legendary rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo to resume on the pitch

Clashes between Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal are seen as Saudi’s equivalent of El Clasico and seeing Messi and Ronaldo on opposite sides would only add spice to the occasion.

The legendary players could also face off when PSG travel to Riyadh on January 19 to face off against an all-star XI featuring players from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

This could serve as a dress rehearsal for future meetings between the legendary pair if Messi decides to end his time in Europe and accept Al-Hilal’s lucrative offer.

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