Barcelona reportedly conducted an internal economic report that proved that Messi’s return to Spain would be very profitable. The report showed that his return would cost €230 million a year, of which €150 million would come from new sponsors and €80 million from ticket sales.
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Next season, the club will use the Montjuïc stadium, as Camp Nou is under reconstruction. Therefore, Messi’s return could provide good attendance. Last season, Messi’s sponsorship growth was 13 percent and jersey sales were 60 percent, which made PSG a lot of money. As for spectators, in Barcelona’s first season without Messi, the number of fans at the Camp Nou decreased greatly. Although with the arrival of Lewandowski and the improvement of the team, the numbers have improved this season.
Barcelona filed a report in La Liga and waited for the green light to buy Messi. But the club has yet to hear from La Liga and it looks like Messi could be selected elsewhere. Messi left his childhood club in August 2022 after the club could not come to an agreement with La Liga financial rules.
Furthermore, EL Nacional reported that Messi also wants his compatriots Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes to join him in Catalonia. Di Maria is set to leave Juventus after this season, as his contract is about to expire. Meanwhile, Paredes spent the season on loan at Juventus from PSG and does not want to return to France.
He moved to Al Nassr on a 2-1/2 year contract valued at more than 200 million euros. His contract with Manchester United was terminated after a scandalous interview with TV host Piers Morgan in which he criticized the club’s management and manager Eric ten Hag.
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Speaking on the official Saudi Professional League social network, Ronaldo said: I think the league is very good, but I think we have many, many opportunities for further growth. I think the league is good, it’s competitive. We have very good teams, we have very good Arab players. The infrastructure, I think, needs to be improved a little bit more. Referees and.VAR system. I think they should be a little faster. But I’m happy here, I want to continue here, I’ll continue here.
And in my opinion, if they continue to do the job they want to do, in the next five years, I think the Saudi League could become the fifth (major league) in the world, he added.
He was linked to Bayern during last summer’s transfer window, but former club general manager Oliver Kahn denied those reports. Talking to Bild, the German legend said: We briefly discussed Ronaldo at Bayern, and Dortmund probably did too. We also see the big picture of the Bundesliga. Of course, superstars like Ronaldo are an important factor in drawing attention to the league. He is one of the greatest players of the last decade. But we quickly dismissed that.
In Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo could reportedly be joined by former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, who could move to Al Ittihad. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is also rumored to be able to move to Al Hilal.