Al Hilal shows interest in Messi, wants him in £245m-a-year deal

Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal is interested in signing Lionel Messi for £245 million per year, according to reports.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in the Middle East earlier this month after agreeing to a £173 million-a-year contract with Al Nassr.

As he prepares to finish his career with the club, he becomes the highest-paid sports star in the world by some margin.

However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Messi may be given the opportunity to out-earn Ronaldo in the coming months.

The Argentine, 35, is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Reports have claimed he has a “verbal agreement” with the Ligue 1 champions to extend his stay in the French capital.

But he is now being linked with a lucrative move to Al Hilal.

The Saudi side are the bitter rivals of Ronaldo’s Al Nassr and the two teams make up the “Riyadh derby” each year.

The deal would see Messi earn around £70m more than Ronaldo each year.


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