Messi-Ronaldo rivalry to reignite once again, Argentine’s Move to Middle-East almost a done deal: Reports

Lionel Messi is poised to transfer to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia from Paris Saint-Germain in a surprising twist of fate. This move is expected to rekindle the intense rivalry between Messi and his longstanding adversary, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is presently a member of Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal’s competing team.

Messi’s future has been a topic of much discussion since he turned down a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Although it initially seemed plausible that he might return to Barcelona, the club’s financial issues made this unworkable. Other potential options, such as joining the MLS team Inter Miami, were also thought to be unlikely. Nevertheless, recent reports from France suggest that Messi’s transfer to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia is now a “done deal.” The player is reportedly set to sign a mind-boggling £522 million contract.

The upcoming event will witness the reunion of Messi and Ronaldo, two distinguished figures in the world of football, as they come face to face on the pitch once again. Their intense rivalry has garnered immense attention from fans across the globe over time, and it appeared to have ended when Messi left Barcelona in 2021. However, the news of their upcoming encounter in the Saudi Arabian league has generated great excitement and anticipation among football enthusiasts.

According to an anonymous source from Saudi Arabia who is familiar with the negotiations, Messi’s transfer is considered to be of great importance, with the source describing it as a “massive” move. By deciding to sign with Al-Hilal, the 35-year-old Argentine football sensation seems to have addressed any doubts he may have had about the transfer, even though reports suggest that his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, had reservations about moving their family to the Middle East.

As per reports, Messi is likely to sign a two-year contract with Al-Hilal, which can be extended for a third year. By the end of the contract, Messi will be 38 years old. While he might have wanted to stay in Europe and monitor the financial situation of Barcelona, he has reportedly ruled out any possibility of returning to his former club.

The era of football defined by the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is set to be reignited as both players will now represent clubs in Saudi Arabia. For over a decade, their individual quests for supremacy have captivated football enthusiasts, resulting in the accumulation of several awards, including Ballon d’Or accolades.