Lionel Messi has yet to announce where he’ll play for the 2023-24 season, but one destination that is likely now out of the question is Saudi Arabia. The clubs in the country were always a long shot and now it appears they’re out.
Sport reported on Tuesday, citing sources, that the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner has decided that it was out of the question for him to sign in Saudi Arabia. After Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr in late December 2022, rumors surfaced that other clubs in the league wanted a megastar.
Nonetheless, Messi likely wants another crack in the UEFA Champions League and to prepare for the 2024 Copa América, which will occur in the United States and Argentina are the defending champions.
Messi’s future likely has three destinations, whether it’s remaining at PSG, but it’s currently a divisive issue considering the Argentine wants wages that are near what Kylian Mbappé earns.
The other two are FC Barcelona, but they’ll need to offload players to pay Messi while they attempt to comply with La Liga’s salary cap rules. As for the other, it’s Inter Miami, but that will go against wanting to prepare for the tournament next summer.