Messi offered €500m by Saudi club as Barca dream hangs in the balance

Messi offered E500m by Saudi club as Barca dream hangs in the balance
Messi kissing the World Cup trophy

Lionel Messi could be tempted by a staggering €500 million (£435m/$541m) offer from Saudi Arabia as he nears the end of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentine legend has not committed to a new deal with the French giants and could become a free agent in the summer. The 35-year-old, who has won seven Ballon d’Or awards, has been linked with a sentimental return to Barcelona, where he spent 21 years and became the club’s all-time top scorer.

However, he faces serious competition from Al-Hilal, who are reportedly eager to pair him with his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo in their ambitious project.

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According to Cadena Ser, Messi has received an unprecedented proposal from the Riyadh-based club that would make him the highest-paid player in history. He would pocket half-a-billion euros for just one season in Saudi Arabia.

However, Mediapro founder Jaume Roures claims that Messi still favours a comeback to Camp Nou and will make up his mind before May ends.

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