According to reports from Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Saudi club Al-Hilal is ready to offer a staggering 300 million euros per year to Lionel Messi in an attempt to entice him to join their team. An offer is reportedly a three-year contract, which would make Messi a billionaire during that period.
Messi's current contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is set to expire at the end of this season, and the Parisians are said to be keen on extending his contract for at least an additional year. However, the amount of salary that Messi would receive during that period has not yet been agreed upon.
PSG is in "discussions" with Messi over a contract extension
"There are discussions, the sports management has exchanged with Leo on the subject of an extension. I do not know where it is," Galtier told reporters prior to PSG's 2-0 win over Angers on Tuesday in which Messi scored their second goal.
"Leo seems happy to me in Paris. Afterwards, you have to see his position in relation to the project of the club. It's a subject I don't discuss with him." The Argentinian's father, Jorge, is reported to have recently arrived in the Saudi capital to discuss the offer from Al-Hilal.
If Messi were to accept the offer, he would earn significantly more than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently joined bitter rivals Al-Nassr. It should be noted that Al-Hilal is currently prohibited from bringing in players until the next transfer window, which means that any potential transfer of Messi would have to wait until the next transfer window.
It is uncertain whether Messi will leave PSG or accept the offer from Al-Hilal. But one thing is certain, if Messi were to join Al-Hilal, it would be a huge financial gain for him, and also a huge boost for the Saudi club.
This news comes amid a trend of high-profile European players moving to clubs in the Middle East for big-money contracts, with the likes of Ronaldo, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappé all making the move in recent years.