After 20 years of reign on the old continent, Cristiano Ronaldo made the decision to leave Europe to engage in Saudi Arabia, in Al-Nassr. Messi therefore loses his biggest rival, but perhaps only temporarily as an unlikely rumor continues to send La Pulga into the Saudi league.
During a friendly match between PSG and the best players in the Saudi league, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo probably played their last clash against each other. A jubilee where the Portuguese scored twice against a goal for the sevenfold golden ball. This match probably revived memories for those who followed the Spanish championship between 2009 and 2018. A period when CR7’s Real Madrid and Messi’s Barça fought daunting battles. Now a PSG player, Messi is still wondering about his future. At the end of the contract next June with the capital club, the 35-year-old player has the opportunity to extend with Paris. The latest rumors hint at the possibility that the Rosario native will leave PSG at the end of the season. The Saudi championship dreams of attracting Messi to the Persian Gulf to revive the rivalry between the two football monuments.
Saudi Arabia wants to reform the Messi rivalry – CR7
The secretary general of the Saudi Football Federation spoke in an interview for the newspaper Marca on the influence of the national championship and the possible arrival of Lionel Messi in Saudi Arabia. “At the moment we don’t know anything about a possible arrival of Lionel Messi, although I don’t hide that, as the Saudi Federation, we would like to have him in the national league one day. The Federation’s idea is always to improve our football, and of course we would like to see Cristiano and Messi back in the same league, but the truth is that we don’t know anything now.” said Ibrahim Alkassim about the rumors that send the world champion to join his eternal rival. It is indeed difficult to speak of a player under contract with PSG, and who has great ambitions and a current club which absolutely wants to keep him. Which was not the case with Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of his engagement with Manchester United.
A small championship, a big salary
Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal clubs have expressed interest to Lionel Messi’s representatives in an attempt to convince him to end his career in Saudi Arabia. The financial conditions should not be complicated to obtain for the Saudi clubs which have the necessary means to offer huge salaries. By signing for Al-Nassr in December, Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest-paid sportsman in history with a salary of 200 million euros per year. It remains to be seen whether Messi is motivated by the idea of joining a second-class championship, but to offer himself a last high-flying duel with Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.