Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos refusing to lower their wages

Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi, PSG
Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi, PSG / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

PSG are still negotiating with Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi for an extension. Both players will be free agents by the end of next June, and according to L'Equipe none of them is willing to extend their deals with Paris Saint-Germain if that means they'd need to lower their wages.

Even though they are barely keeping PSG's collective head above the water sitting first in the Ligue 1, Messi and Ramos feel entitled to demand 1) new deals to the Parisian board and 2) to keep their wages intact. Uh, oh, the audacity.

Remember, these two players are staples of the Paris Saint-Germain starting XI that is leading the French league... but also the one which crashed out of the Coupe de France against Marseille and later got eliminated by a soon-to-be-sacked, Julian Nagelsmann-led Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16.

Even then, and as surprising as it sounds, both Messi and Ramos might actually have the leverage on the negotiations over PSG considering the French club are locked into extending both men to keep them in tow for at least one more year.

That said, and according to information obtained by L'Equipe, PSG's board is not willing to sign the pair of 35- and 37-year-old players to new deals paid at their current wages. Of course, none of Messi and Ramos are even entertaining the idea of thinking about losing any money as long as there are businessmen willing to pay them their current salaries elsewhere.

Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi have offers from Saudi Arabia clubs

Enter Saudi Arabia.

After landing Cristiano Ronaldo last winter, Al-Nassr might not be willing to pony up much more money than they already did in order to pry the Portugal international from Manchester United. Their rivals from Al-Hilal are the ones to look at come the summer.

In something reminiscent of the old Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Messi vs. Ronaldo/Ramos days of yore, Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal might get into trying to build a manufactured, low-level Retirement Clasico in he Saudi league.

L'Equipe revealed that both players have "huge offers from Saudi Arabia,” adding that Messi "feels more tempted by a departure" than the idea of staying in Paris.

When it comes to the veteran defender and international-retired Sergio Ramos, L'Equipe informed that he has been offered "€30m net per year over two seasons by Al-Nassr." That, in line with the salary ranks published by the French newspaper on Thursday, would see Ramos quadruple his current salary at PSG.

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It is obvious that PSG should never get into contract negotiations with Ramos and Messi if they are so stubborn about keeping their high salaries intact.

This being PSG, though, you have to at least concede that there is a chance the Parisian board will end up paying whatever the veterans demand them to in order to keep the bright lights as shiny as they always are in the capital, if only for kicks and giggles.