Lionel Messi is will reportedly be offered £194million-a-year to play in the Saudi Pro League.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar is set to become a free agent this summer if he fails to agree a new contract in the French capital.
Messi and Ronaldo recently took part in a friendly in Saudi Arabia
Messi has been linked with Barcelona and David Beckham’s Inter Miami – but now it’s reported there’s a plot to achieve the richest deal in football history to lure the Argentina icon to the Middle East.
Cristiano Ronaldo signed a contract worth £177m-a-year to sign for Al Nassr in December – and now Marca reports Messi would be paid even more to join his famous rival.
It is understood Al Nassr’s Riyadh rivals Al Hilal would be the 35-year-old’s most likely destination.
Ronaldo’s shock move has brought unprecedented levels of attention to the Saudi Pro League and other stars are expected to follow.
The Portugal sensation has scored eight goals in eight matches since leaving Manchester United for Al Nassr.
Meanwhile, Messi’s dad Jorge was recently spotted in Saudi Arabia amid speculation over his son’s future.
Ronaldo has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is an ambassador for the Saudi Arabia Tourism Board and Messi’s dad is heavily involved in his career.
Nevertheless, Messi is expected to stay in Europe this summer.
The World Cup winner is thought to want another year playing at the top level.