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Al-Hilal make last-minute €1.5 billion offer to Lionel Messi



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It has not been a good day for FC Barcelona. After months of meetings, negotiations and financial deliberation, it appears the club have missed out on the opportunity of re-signing Lionel Messi.

The Argentine looks set to join MLS giants Inter Miami, with the ever-so-reliable Fabrizio Romano even giving his customary ‘here we go’ on the transfer.

However, it appears Al-Hilal, another suitor for Messi this summer, is not ready to give up just yet. According to Helena Condis, the Saudi Arabian giants have made a last-gasp attempt to sign the veteran forward, by offering him a billion-dollar deal.

Indeed, Al-Hilal are ready to pay Messi a whopping €1.5 billion over a three-year period. That amounts to €500 million per season, which is significantly more than the club’s initial offer.

Condis points out that the initial reaction in the Al-Hilal camp was quite shocking when they learned Messi was closing in on a move to Miami. Therefore, the club have mounted a last attempt to attract him by proposing the most lucrative contract ever offered to a footballer.

Messi’s reported deal with Inter Miami itself is not so bad, with the proposal including contracts with Adidas and tech giants Apple. But it does not compare to Al-Hilal’s astounding €1.5 billion offer.

Nevertheless, Messi is unlikely to entertain any last-minute proposals despite being offered an absolute fortune. It appears the Argentine has made his mind up about moving to Miami, a city that has a large Hispanic community.

Messi also owns property in Miami, so the move would make even more sense. As for Barcelona, they will look to focus on restructuring their plans in the transfer market and build a solid core in the team, now that they have potential funds to save.

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