Lionel Messi Rejects Lucrative Offer from Saudi Club, Joins Inter Miami
The news agency AFP had confirmed the news! In April, AFP had announced that Lionel Messi is going to Saudi Arabia. It was believed that he had reached an agreement with a club. However, Messi's close associates had denied the news at that time.
But it is true, Al-Hilal Club of Saudi Arabia had offered him a lucrative deal. Messi is going to accept that offer, which is worth around 40 million euros per year. Everyone had caught wind of Messi going to Saudi Arabia. After partnering with Cristiano Ronaldo since 2018, he is starting another duo. However, it did not happen in the end. The team with which he had not been associated was the US Major League Soccer team Inter Miami, led by the Argentine World Cup-winning captain.
The Saudi government itself has taken the initiative to popularize the Saudi Pro League worldwide. They have organized the financing of four top clubs under the Saudi Investment Fund. Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Ahli—the four clubs are receiving direct financial support from the Saudi government. Messi could have increased the amount of money if he wanted to play in Saudi Arabia, as the football world believes. However, Messi did not do such a thing. He rejected the proposal from the Saudi club Al-Hilal, which was of a significant amount.
A media outlet called Stat Sport quoted Bulgarian star Risto Stoichkov as saying, "We footballers don't just play football for money, Messi has proven that. We play the game because we love it."
Messi has shown how great a player he is—not only according to Stoichkov but also according to the Argentine legend, "Messi's greatness as a player has been proven. Salary and wages are not everything for a great player. The most important thing for him is how much people love him and how much respect he receives. Agents will think about these things, but Messi doesn't think about all that. He only thinks about football because he loves it so much."
Last Wednesday, Messi was officially introduced at Inter Miami. Messi-Mania is now in full swing in Miami. The Argentine legend has won over the fans as well. Yesterday, Messi practiced on the Miami pitch. The practice session was also eagerly awaited by his devotees.