Fans lurk around at Messi move to Saudi Pro League

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11 Mar 2023

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Soccer fans in Saudi Arabia are anticipating an all-time high as it was announced that global football superstar, Lionel Messi, would visit the Kingdom for the third time in less than a year. The excitement stemmed from rumours that the Argentine forward could join one of the nation’s Pro League teams. This could make him one of the highest-paid players in Saudi football history.

Messi has visited Saudi Arabia twice. He visited Jeddah in May, the last for a friendly match in January against Al Nassr featuring his rival, Ronaldo. Many speculate that he could be in the Kingdom to negotiate a deal with one of the local clubs. Messi was recently announced as Saudi Arabia’s tourism ambassador.

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The rumours began circulating in October 2020, when Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority, expressed his desire to bring Messi to Saudi Arabia. Since then, several reports have linked Messi to a potential move to the Pro League. Some sources suggest he has already received offers from multiple clubs. The fiery rumour died until Al Nassr signed a shocking deal with Ronaldo at the beginning of the year. Rumours of Messi to Al Hilal have been circulating. Videos also emerged of Al-Ittihad fans begging owners to sign Messi.

Messi’s potential arrival in Saudi Arabia would undoubtedly be a major boost to the country’s football scene. The Pro League has made steady progress in recent years, with the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF). However, the addition of a global icon like Messi would take the league to new heights and attract more international attention.

Moreover, Messi’s presence in the Kingdom could have wider implications beyond football. The Argentine forward is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. His visit could help improve the country’s global image and showcase its potential as a destination for major international events. It could also generate significant economic benefits for the country, with increased tourism and investment opportunities. Last but not least, the legendary rivalry can continue as they both would potentially compete in the Saudi Pro League.

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