Staggering contract offer Messi will get from Al-Hilal that will blow rival Cristiano Ronaldo's deal out of the water | The Sun

LIONEL MESSI is reportedly set to be offered almost half a BILLION POUNDS to move to Al-Hilal.

The Saudi Arabian outfit are believed to be prepared to pay the PSG star £400m for just one season, according to Sky Sports.

The report suggests that the country is backing a move for Messi as it would boost the league's marketability.

The Saudi Pro League has already gained more interest since the new year after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo on a free transfer.

Ronaldo signed a record deal to join Al Nassr following his exit from Manchester United.

However, Messi's potential deal will blow that out of the water.


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He has also been welcomed to the country by Ahmed Al-Khateeb, the tourism minister of Saudi Arabia.

After Messi's trip, he tweeted: "I am happy to welcome Messi and his family to Saudi to enjoy the magical tourist destinations and authentic experiences.

"We welcome visitors from all around the world to experience a unique trip to Saudi Arabia and its hospitality."

The Argentine is on course to leave PSG this summer once his contract at the Parc des Princes expires.

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The club had previously been keen on extending his deal, but have changed their stance.

Messi is suspended from the club following an unapproved trip to Saudi Arabia after a Ligue 1 loss to Lorient on Sunday.

He will miss the next two weeks, including PSG's matches against Troyes and Ajaccio.

However, fans reacted to the ban as they arrived in their droves outside of the club's head office.

The protest saw fans ignite flares while holding up banners calling on the club's management to resign.

Messi has also been linked with a return to Barcelona as well as to MLS side Inter Miami.

The French giants are currently five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with five games remaining.

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