The Saudi government is plotting a move to lure two of the biggest players in the world to play for their domestic league.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been officially declared a free agent, which means he is available for any club that will be interested in working with him.
Ever since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, which enraged Manchester United, his contract was mutually terminated making him a free player.
Cristiano Ronaldo was abandoned by PSG, and his former clubs Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid have ruled him out.
But luckily, Saudi Arabia remains interested in bringing him to the country. Al-Hilal had made an extraordinary £305m bid for the Portuguese in the summer but Ronaldo turned it down.
Meanwhile, Messi’s future remains uncertain, as his contract with PSG expires next summer. Messi had a difficult start to life in Paris after spending his entire career in Barcelona, but he has appeared to settle down in the new city.
The Argentine superstar is the ambassador for the country’s tourism board and therefore the reports linking him with a move to Saudi Arabia are not quite surprising.
Messi had already stated that he will make a decision after the world cup and if in case he does not opt to sign a new contract with the French cub, he too like Ronaldo will become a free agent in the summer.
This is what Saudi Arabian Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said about the recent discussion on the plans to make a move for Ronaldo as well as spoke about Messi.
“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league? He’s a role model to a lot of young players him and Messi.” He told Sky Sports.
And when asked about Messi’s tourism deal with the country, he said:
“That’s benefited a lot in terms of tourism for the kingdom. If they can, I’d love to see them both play in the Saudi League.” said the minister.