Argentinian and PSG star Lionel Messi in Arabia for events
Lionel Messi is welcomed by Saudi artists in Jeddah.
Gulf Report Today
The Argentine star and Paris Saint-Germain French striker Lionel Messi arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday.
Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, said on Twitter: “I am delighted to welcome Lionel Messi to Saudi Arabia. We are delighted that you are exploring the treasures of the Red Sea, the Jeddah season and our history. Ancient.
This is not his first visit to the Kingdom and it will not be the last! @VisitSaudiNow…”
It’s unclear why the superstar visited the kingdom, but sources close to the player star said he was here for a social event.
As the Saudi minister said, Messi would be part of Jeddah’s 2022 season.
Jeddah Season is an artistic and cultural event that continues for 60 days, displaying more than 2,800 events, 60 entertainment games, 20 concerts, 4 international exhibitions across the city of Jeddah.
Earlier this week, Messi lost the opportunity to be shortlisted for the ‘Most Player of the Season’ award for the first time in 13 years, after the list was revealed during the Premier League season. French League (League 1).
Frenchman Kilian Mbappe, Messi’s colleague, tops the list and competes with Marseille star Wissam Ben Yedder, Lyon midfielder Dimitri Payet, Brazilian Lucas Paqueta and Martin Terrier from Rennes.
Messi’s absence among the award nominees came as no shock as he failed to score, who won the award in Spain while at Barcelona 9 out of 13 times from the season 2008-2009, only 4 goals in the French League.
In Barcelona, Messi won the title of best striker 11 times, and only Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2013-2014 season and French star Karim Benzema in the 2019-2020 season turned it down, but Messi is nevertheless remained in the short list of candidates, and he only left it in France.
All questions about how Messi adapts to a different league are always asked.
Nonetheless, it was easy to see why so many were beaten when you consider that Messi had just won a record seventh Ballon d’Or and inspired Argentina to Copa America glory.