Lionel Messi Transfer News: According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Lionel Messi wants to play for Barcelona for one season before departing to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
Messi has yet to renew his contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), which is entering its last months. The club recently suspended him for two weeks for going to Saudi Arabia without permission.
The Argentine will be leaving PSG at the conclusion of the season, as recently verified by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. He also said that Messi’s father, Jorge, had discussed his son’s choice not to re-sign with the French club’s sports director, Luis Campos.
Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is said to be leaving France and returning to Barcelona. The Blaugrana need to free up €200 million from their pay bill to accommodate the Argentine, but doing so would violate Financial Fair Play regulations.
Lionel Messi Transfer News: According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Lionel Messi wants to play for Barcelona for one season before departing to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal
But even if he does return, Messi won’t spend more than a year with Barca, according to Onda Cero. It was further claimed that Messi will be joining Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, making him the second great player in history to do so, after Cristiano Ronaldo. The club in Riyadh has allegedly offered the 35-year-old €400 million annually.
The two-week suspension handed out to Lionel Messi by Paris Saint-Germain has shocked supporters and analysts alike. Given the scope of Messi’s fame, the responses are to be expected.
Xavi Hernandez, the manager of Barcelona, was recently questioned regarding the whereabouts of a former teammate. However, the Blaugrana coach remained silent on the subject.
It’s possible that Messi and Xavi may team up again at the Spotify Camp Nou this summer. Barca must fix their financial predicament in order to make the return of the 35-year-old possible.