Leo Messi is facing his last week as a PSG player. The divorce is announced in time and the Argentine’s destination is starting to look clearer by the day, once the Barcelona option is fading away. Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal awaits the arrival of the world champion with open arms. Saudi Arabia’s dream of seeing the former Barcelona player and Cristiano Ronaldo together in their championship is about to come true.
Talks between Messi’s entourage and the leaders of what is the most successful club in Arabia began months ago. The first contacts were established as a result of the agreement signed with the Ministry of Information and Tourism and by which the striker became the image of the Saudi country, as is the case with CR7. The government’s move to help the development of soccer to show the changes in Arabia has been a decisive factor for Al Hilal to move and shape an offer that is difficult to refuse.
The contract on the table talks of just over 300 million euros for each of the two seasons and covers more than just sporting aspects. In Ryad they consider soccer as a fundamental part of the social and political change and that goes through showing the world a different image of Arabia with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi as referents.
The Al Hilal team has been sanctioned by FIFA for a year without being able to sign for a problem that arose years ago with the duplication of a contract. The sanction, in theory, ends now and what better way to do so than with the arrival of Leo Messi.
Looking to the future
If the Argentine, as they say in Arabia, ends up landing on Arabian soil, he will not be the only one to do so, as Di Maria, Busquets and Jordi Alba are likely to be seen in Arabian soccer, although not all of them at Al Hilal. The government has set up a system of aid to all clubs to provide them with financial support to enable them to undertake major operations. The idea is to equalize the competition or at least establish a sporting scale to apply the aid. The latest big name to revolutionize Arab soccer is Karim Benzema.
The Saudi championship is about to end and the title has gone to Al Hittihad, a team from the city of Jedah and third in importance. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nass lost the title after a draw against Al Etiffiqad led by Spaniard Antonio Cazorla.