BREAKING: Lionel Messi set to sign record-breaking £522m contract with Saudi Arabia club

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Football superstar Lionel Messi is set to sign a record-breaking £522m contract with a Saudi Arabia club, marking one of the biggest transfers in football history.

According to French media, Lionel Messi’s spectacular big-money move from Paris Saint-Germain to Saudi Arabia this summer is a “done deal.”

Despite his wife Antonela Roccuzzo’s stated reservations, veteran Messi, 35, would sign a big contract worth £522 million with Saudi club Al-Hilal.

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The transfer would rekindle his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Al-Hilal’s rivals Al-Nassr in the contentious Gulf state.


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And according to AFP, a Saudi source close to the negotiations confirmed on Tuesday morning that Messi will be playing in Saudi next season, labelling the transfer ‘huge’.

The source, speaking anonymously, added the move is now a ‘done deal’.

PSG declined to comment to AFP, other than to reiterate that Messi’s contract expires this summer on June 30.

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Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that his wife Antonela ‘could not envision’ moving their family to Saudi Arabia, which remains a potential stumbling block to the move.

 

And Messi was apparently willing to wait until the conclusion of the season to make his decision after contemplating his future with his family – but those fears appear to have been allayed, with Messi ready to relocate to Saudi capital of Riyadh.

According to L’Equipe, the offer for Messi is a two-year contract with the option of a third, which would see the star turn 38 before the contract finishes.

Messi was also claimed to prefer staying in Europe, with the star apparently keeping an eye on the financial situation at previous club Barcelona.

However, it looks that he has ruled out a return to Spain.

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Barcelona, where Messi spent the majority of his illustrious career, must raise roughly £175 million in order to register recruited players or players currently on the books who sign new contract extensions.

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