In a captivating turn of events, Lionel Messi has emerged as a key figure in global soccer finances. The Argentine icon made headlines with his decision to decline a monumental $1.6 billion proposition from Saudi Arabia. However, this twist of fate has not deterred Messi, as he continues to capitalize on a remarkable $25 million paycheck through a Saudi partnership.
In a span of mere weeks since his arrival on American turf, Messi has orchestrated a harmonious symphony of awe-inspiring goals. From scoring a last-minute winner in his debut with Inter Miami to his astounding achievement of securing two goals in the initial half of his subsequent match, the 36-year-old has etched his mark on the landscape of American soccer.
Lionel Messi’s $25 million deal and soccer surge in Saudi Arabia
As soccer gains momentum in Saudi Arabia, this summer saw a surge in investments in high-profile players, spurred by Cristiano Ronaldo‘s move to the country. Through the acquisition of renowned athletes and sports leagues, Saudi Arabia positions itself as a global hub for sports, entertainment, and tourism.
Adding to that, Messi recently signed a $25 million commercial deal with Saudi’s Tourism Authority, spanning three years. This partnership entails commercial appearances, social media endorsements, and lavish, all-expenses-paid vacations for Messi and his family.
The value behind Lionel Messi's deal with the Saudi tourism authority, per @nytimes:
3 years, up to $25 million.
Messi's getting paid to go on all-expenses-paid vacations, make some commercial appearances, and post a few times on social media. pic.twitter.com/yt8xD7QqBK
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) June 20, 2023
While Saudi Arabia missed the chance to have arguably the world’s greatest footballer grace their domestic league, they’re not out. Messi’s growing popularity in the US presents opportunities for the oil-rich country.
La Pulga has been on a stunning goal-scoring spree in the Leagues Cup for Inter Miami. His goal tally soared to an impressive nine goals in just six appearances with his goal in the Leagues Cup semifinal against Philadelphia Union last night.