Lionel Messi (36, Paris Saint-Germain) rejected the sandstorm in the Middle East. He’s brought an astronomical salary to the negotiating table, but he’s looking to move on with his living in Europe.
Argentine media ‘tyc sports’ said on the 5th (Korean time), 먹튀검증“Messi rejected the offer of Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia. Messi intends to continue his career in Europe. Amid expectations of Barcelona’s return, the contract renewal with Paris Saint-Germain includes a salary cut plan. We proposed a renewal of the contract,” he said.
Messi’s official contract with Paris Saint-Germain ends at the end of the 2022-23 season. There is an option for a one-year extension depending on the player’s will, but there is no answer yet. According to European transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, Al-Hilal delivered an offer of over 400 million euros (approximately 575 billion won) to Messi.
That’s an astronomical amount. It is twice the annual salary of Cristiano Ronaldo, who terminated his contract with Manchester United during the ‘2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar’ and left for Al-Nasr. Adding in the additional income is beyond imagination.
Although an annual salary of over 570 billion won was delivered to Messi, Messi decided to continue his career in Europe. He rejected the Al-Hilal offer and is contemplating the next step. According to Spanish media, Barcelona are trying to promote Messi’s blitz return.
The renewal of the contract with Paris Saint-Germain is cold, so the possibility of returning to Barcelona is growing. The influential French newspaper ‘L’Equipe’ also said, “It seems that Messi will part with Paris Saint-Germain. The last condition left for Paris Saint-Germain is to accept a significant salary cut. Both the player and the club are not discussing salary and extension contracts.” reported that
The reason is the Financial Play Rule (FFP). Paris Saint-Germain was one of 10 clubs fined for FFP violations last year. If he violates the FFP again, he will have to pay a fine of 45 million euros (approximately 62.4 billion won) and a suspension from the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona’s Vice President Rafael Youste sent a love call, saying, “I know how much affection we have. I hope Messi returns to Barcelona.” According to reports, after winning the Copa del Rey, coach Xavi Hernandez will also meet with Messi.