Al-Hilal to offer world-record contract to PSG player

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On a slow day screaming for drama, it all got eventually packed full of breaking rumors about the future of Lionel Messi.

So much so that, in a late report emerging from journalist Fabrizio Romano, the wildest and most unexpected rumor emerged involving a Middle East club trying to put together a ridiculous offer for the Argentine world champion.

Detailing the news in his newsletter on Wednesday morning, Romano informs that Saudi Arabia club Al-Hilal (the main rivals of Cristiano Ronaldo-led Al Nassr) "have now made a bid for Messi."

According to Romano's information, the bid is no joke and involves an unheard-of "€400m per year salary" to be paid to Messi if he choses to join the Saudi Arabia organization. "Jorge Messi is taking care of things on the player's side," says Romano.

Al-Hilal could pay €400m per year to Lionel Messi, but he prefers to stay in Europe

All of this will probably end nowhere, considering all reports point toward a European future in the short-term horizon of Messi. The Argentina international wants to keep playing Champions League football whether that is in Paris, Barcelona, or elsewhere.

Romano revealed that a proposal from PSG "is still there," but he added that Messi "has not accepted it because he wants guarantees on the sporting project "

The journalist mentions questions such as who is going to be the coach and who PSG are going to sign as key factors that Messi wants to know more about before making a decision.

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Of course, and while in financial (FFP) trouble, Barcelona is also mentioned in Romano's report as a very serious option to always keep in mind. "Xavi is pushing, calling and calling Messi and insisting a lot," wrote Romano. "The situation is open," he finished.