SAUDI ARABIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION
Saudi Arabian Football Federation General Secretary Ibrahim Alkassim has spoken on the prospect of Lionel Messi reuniting with his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro league. More over the combination of these two was a dream fantasy for more football fans. Both Messi and Ronaldo maybe the World class players, but their combination in a team would not be likely, since they two have different play style and tactics to carry on.As the Exhibition match between Al Nassr and PSG took place, Al Nass with Ronaldo beat PSG led by Messi.
The Argentine superstar is currently in the final months of his contract at French club Paris Saint-Germain and is yet to sign an extension.
Although the French club are very much determined to keep Lionel Messi beyond the 2022-23 season, there seems to be interest from other teams. Some of which include Barcelona and Inter Miami. Most recently, there has also been major interest from Saudi Arabian teams such as Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal.
Al-Hilal, on the other hand, reportedly offered Lionel Messi a staggering £245 million per year contract to join their team. The offer is expected to exceed that of long-standing rival Ronald, who currently earns £177 million per year at Al-Nassr.
The Saudi Arabia move by Cristiano Ronaldo was one that has been met with a lot of positive reactions from fans across the country. There is also optimism that Lionel Messi could possibly reunite with his rival in the Gulf State. Saudi Arabian chief Alkassim, however, played down such hopes. He revealed that though it wouldn’t be a bad idea, he doesn’t know about the possibility.
Messi About to change Club
Lionel Messi omitted from PSG’s squad to face French club Pays de Cassel
The Argentine won’t take part in his club’s round-of-32 Coup de France clash against lowly rated side US Pays de Cassel.
Lionel Messi won’t travel with the team to Stade Bollaert Delelis days after playing in the 5-4 friendly defeat against Riyadh XI in Saudi Arabia.
The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were, however, included in the team. It’s still left to be seen if they will take part in the encounter.
PSG manager Christophe statement
PSG manager Christophe Galtier did confirm that he will field a strong team against Pays de Cassel. In his words, he said:
The Best Team will be aligned on Monday in the French cup.
Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is being linked with reports suggesting that he will join the Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after leaving Manchester United at the end of the ongoing season. Ronaldo returned to the Old Trafford side in the summer of 2021 for his second spell with the Red Devils. However, the United have suffered from a poor run of form in the season, which also resulted in the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit from the club in December 2021.
Meanwhile, as reported by Football Transfers, Ronaldo might join the Argentine great Lionel Messi in PSG. The report stated that Ronaldo flew to Portugal after not featuring in the Manchester Derby against Manchester City on Sunday. He was ruled out of the match due to a hip flexor injury. While United lost the match 4-1, it might be possible that Ronaldo considers other options.
Football Transfers understands from close sources that Ronaldo’s return to Juventus has been ruled out, while a move to his former club Sporting is also unlikely to occur. That leaves the five-time Balon d’Or award winner with a much-anticipated move to PSG. The idea of Ronaldo playing alongside Messi and Neymar Jr. in the French top-tier league certainly excites the fans and adds the possibility of Ronaldo and Messi picking up the UEFA Champions League trophy together.