Where Will Lionel Messi Go Next? A Complex Decision With Saudi Arabia As The leading Contender

Photo: Instagram/Lionel Messi 

Lionel Messi, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is currently considering his options for where he will play out the last few seasons of his career.

One potential destination that has emerged is Saudi Arabia, where his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.

While this move may not be popular with purists, it is the option that makes the most sense financially and logistically.

Photo: Instagram/Lionel Messi 

The proposal would station Messi at Al-Hilal, a four-time winner of Asia's AFC Champions League and Ronaldo's archrival.

With the two best players of the past 15 years facing off as dueling figureheads, it would help raise the league's profile and attract more stars in the future.

Other options for Messi, such as staying at Paris Saint-Germain, where he has faced criticism from his own fans, or returning to his beloved Barcelona, which is mired in financial chaos, do not seem as ideal.

Manchester City and Major League Soccer have also been mentioned, but they cannot match the financial package that Al-Hilal is offering.

While accusations of sportswashing continue to be made against Saudi Arabia, Al-Hilal's significant financial offer, and Messi's previous relationship with the country as a tourism ambassador, make it a strong contender.

As with Ronaldo's move to Al-Nassr, there may be denials and rumors swirling around Messi's potential move to Al-Hilal, but it seems to be the direction he is heading in.

And with the prospect of a rekindled rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo, it could make for an exciting closing act for two of the greatest players in soccer history.

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