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Lionel Messi: Saudi Pro League Director Opens Door to Inter Miami Star if He Leaves MLS
- Lionel Messi turned down a move to Saudi Arabia to join Inter Miami
- He looks forward to a first full season with the MLS franchise in 2024
- The Saudi Pro League are open to having him whenever he exits Miami
The Saudi Pro League still retains some hope Lionel Messi could still play in the league whenever he leaves Inter Miami and are open to welcoming him in the future.
Messi left European football in July when he left Paris Saint-Germain and it was difficult for him to return to his former club, FC Barcelona, due to financial issues at the club.
Per FourFourTwo, he turned down Al-Hilal’s offer, reportedly worth €500 million per season, to move to North America where he currently earns $54mil.
Saudi Arabia opens door to Messi
Messi has two years left on his Inter Miami contract, by the end of which he will be 38 years old, but Saudi Pro League football director, Michael Emenalo is not ruling out having him switch to the Middle East.
"The reasons that [Messi] ended up in MLS is something that I don't have answers to. If he decides next season that he wants to come here, we will be happy to welcome him. If he wants to stay in MLS, we will be very, very happy for him,” he said.
Messi was not the only player who turned down lucrative moves to the Gulf state; seven of his Argentina national teammates, including Paulo Dybala and Leandro Paredes, opted against offers from the Arab country.
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Other top European stars also rejected approaches from the Saudis, such as Sergio Ramos, Romelu Lukaku, and others.
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Messi admits he considered Saudi Arabia
Sports Brief reported on Messi admitting to Saudi Arabia's attraction, which could have reunited him with Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr this January.
His decision to go to the USA prompted the Portuguese star to claim the rivalry between the two was over after they both ended their time in European football.