Inside the Audacious Transfer Plans of Saudi Arabia for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Inside the Audacious Transfer Plans of Saudi Arabia for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could potentially play together in the middle East
  • Ronaldo is currently out of contract, while Messi will be out of contract in June 2023 at PSG
  • Multiple reports have indicated that Ronaldo was considering joining PSG in January to play in the Champions League

The Saudi Arabia government are reportedly targeting Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two best players of all time to join their league in what would be a bold move.

The Saudi government will need to convince Messi and Ronaldo, who still feel they can still play at a higher level in Europe.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Portugal, Argentina, Manchester United, PSG, 2022 World Cup
Messi is out of contract next year, while Ronaldo is a free agent. Photos by Pablo Morano and Lionel Hahn.
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Ronaldo is a free agent after Manchester United terminated his contract after he criticised the manager Erik ten Hag in the viral interview with controversial journalist Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo wanted to leave Old Trafford this past summer but no club playing for the Champions League bid for the 37-year-old. Therefore, the move to the Middle East may be enticing, according to the Guardian.

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Meanwhile, Messi will be out of contract at the end of this season at PSG, and rumours have suggested that he is unhappy at the club. Still, there's no indication if he will extend his stay in France.

Ronaldo and Messi in Saudi Arabia?

According to the Mirror, Saudi Arabia Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said his country has ambitions to bring the two icons to their football league.

"Who wouldn't want him to play in their league? He's a role model to many young players - him and Messi."
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ballon d'Or, 2022 World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated football for the last 15 years. Photo by Harold Cunningham.
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Prince Abdulaziz added that Messi's ambassadorial role with the Saudi tourism board has benefited the Middle Eastern country.

"That's benefited a lot in terms of tourism for the kingdom. If they can, I'd love to see them both play in the Saudi league."

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Ronaldo's reaction to Ghana win

Sports Brief earlier reported on Ronaldo reacting to Portugal's controversial 3-2 win over Ghana in their World Cup opener.

The now unattached five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a highly contestable penalty, aiding Fernando Santos' side in starting the World Cup on a winning note.

"Very important victory in our debut in this World Cup, but nothing is won! It was just the first step! We remain focused on the pursuit of our objectives. Strength Portugal!"

Source: Sports Brief News