Lionel Messi has his contract expiring in June and with the January transfer window open, the rumors of where the 35-year-old will play next season are running wild.
Messi will likely choose between Paris Saint-Germain and remaining in Europe or heading to the United States to join MLS’ Inter Miami. However, a recent report surfaced about joining Al-Hilal.
However, there appear to be no legs to this report, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague who adds that the veteran still has his eyes on staying in Europe.
“There hasn’t been an offer [from Al Hilal],” Balague said (h/t BBC). “PSG and Messi are organizing a meeting in the next few weeks to finalize the deal that will keep him in Paris.
“Right now, his motivation is to stay in Europe. He is favorite to win the Ballon d’Or, he is still in the Champions League, he has big targets after winning the World Cup. Not only does it make no sense to approach him with that offer, it hasn’t existed.”
The initial reporting stated that Messi’s father, Jorge, is rumored to be talking with Al-Hilal about the prospect of his son joining the Saudi club on a staggering £245 million-a-year contract.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem like the Argentine will join Ronaldo by playing in Saudia Arabia. The decision might come down to whether Messi wants to play at the highest level in Europe or begin adjusting to life in South Florida and finish his career in Miami.