Lionel Messi transfer to Saudi Arabia slammed as 'fake news' by PSG star's dad
Lionel Messi's dad has slammed rumours of the Paris Saint Germain star's transfer to Saudi Arabia as "fake news."
Messi's father was spotted in the Middle Eastern country this week, sparking claims the attacker could be en route to the region. The 35-year-old's contract with PSG expires in two months and he's yet to pen a new deal, driving rumours of his impending exit.
Fuel was added to the fire when Messi allegedly had a training ground bust-up with PSG boss Christopher Galtier on Saturday, resulting in him leaving the session. And on top of that, the club are reportedly unwilling to bend in contract negotiations with him.
But his father Jorge Messi has come out to deny all the aforementioned issues, dismissing them as fake news on social media. He fumed: "Fake news — don’t trust them, we will not accept lies anymore."
The latest twist in the saga comes after reports claim Saudi side Al Hilal are planning to offer the forward a £194million-a-year contract. News initially broke of Al Hilal's interest in January, when it was reported that they were looking to tempt Messi with a £254m annual proposal.
At the time, a relative of the Emir of Qatar, the Nasser Al-Attiyah, insisted Messi's switch to Saudi Arabia was inevitable, by valiantly declaring: "Messi, his next club after his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, will be Saudi Arabia."
Messi might be considering life away from PSG following their exit from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich. It's the second consecutive season that the Ligue 1 side have failed to lift the elusive trophy with the Argentine, and Messi could have eyes on a new challenge.
A move to the Saudi league will see Messi lock horns with long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo who scurried off to the region to join Al-Nassr at the end of last year. Ronaldo's had an indifferent start to Saudi life, but he rolled back the years with a stunning free-kick goal from 40 yards out on Saturday.