The World Forum - May 26th, 2024

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Lionel Messi reportedly has $440 million per year offer from Saudi club


Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has an offer on the table from Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal that would net him $440 million annually, according to Italian soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano.

If Messi accepted the offer from Al Hilal, he would be the highest-paid athlete in the world by a wide margin. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest-paid athlete in the world with Al Nassr, another Saudi Pro League team. Ronaldo's contract, which he signed in January, is estimated to be worth $220 million annually.

Messi won't come anywhere near that number in Europe — Messi currently makes $75 million annually with PSG — but Europe's top clubs can give him something that no Saudi Pro League team can: an opportunity to compete for trophies at the highest level in club soccer. And according to Romano, that's Messi's No. 1 priority.