Lionel Messi continues to explore Saudi Arabia amidst PSG suspension

The footballer is in Riyadh with his family as the Kingdom’s tourism ambassador.

Lionel Messi is currently in the Saudi capital with his family. The family appears to be having a ball in Riyadh, participating in a range of cultural and entertainment activities that showcase the country’s unique blend of old and new, cultural and cosmopolitan. They explored the historical site of At-Turaif, Riyadh Boulevard, the Arabian Horse Museum, and dined at Via Riyadh. Additionally, they visited a farm, had a traditional Saudi breakfast, learned how to play Carrom, and discovered the art of palm weaving. Messi’s wife Antonella Roccuzzo even wore a traditional Saudi hama.

Lionel Messi Riyadh

Messi’s visit to Saudi Arabia highlights the country’s commitment to promoting tourism. The football icon, who was named Saudi Tourism Ambassador in May 2022, has been promoting the country as a top tourist destination. Saudi Arabia aims to showcase its natural and cultural treasures to both international and domestic tourists as part of its Vision 2030. Messi’s trip to Riyadh demonstrates that the country is a family-friendly destination, with plenty of entertainment and educational activities for children and adults.

Lionel Messi Riyadh

However, Messi’s recent actions dampened his relationship with PSG. The football club has suspended its star player for two weeks because he visited Saudi Arabia, citing that he did so without the club’s permission. Messi’s request to carry out commercial work in Saudi Arabia was initially refused by PSG, but he believes he had permission before it was withdrawn due to a change in the club’s training schedule. The suspension, along with a fine, could mark the end of Messi’s PSG career.

Lionel Messi Riyadh

While Messi’s visit to Saudi Arabia is making the headlines, reports of him joining the Saudi Pro League are also rife. The football legend is reportedly being offered a deal to join the Saudi Pro League, which could amount to an annual salary of $400 million. If he accepts the Saudi offer, he would join Cristiano Ronaldo, who is already playing in the Saudi Pro League for Al Nassr

GO: Follow @leomessi on Instagram to see his adventures in Saudi Arabia.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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