Soccer sensation Kylian Mbappé, currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), is making headlines with news of his potential departure from the club. PSG has granted him permission to explore other opportunities, and one of the teams seriously vying for his signature is Al-Hilal.
Al-Hilal, a prominent club in the Saudi Professional League, has made an eye-popping offer of $772 million for the forward. If Mbappé accepts this staggering deal, it would result in the highest annual salary ever offered to any professional athlete.
Here’s a breakdown of what he would earn in the 12 months of the contract:
- $64 million per month
- $2 million per day
- $90,000 per hour
- $1,400 per minute
- $25 per second
Additionally, Al-Hilal has also presented PSG with a jaw-dropping $333 million transfer fee, which would surpass previous records, including the historic $260 million PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.
In total, Al-Hilal would be spending over $1 billion to secure Mbappé’s services, combining his salary and the transfer fee paid to PSG.
Despite the astronomical offer, early indications suggest that Mbappé may decline the deal in favor of his top choice, Real Madrid. By joining Real Madrid, he would compete in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, showcasing his talents against the best players in the world.
Heading to Al-Hilal might not offer the same level of competition, especially since Saudi club Al Nassr previously signed Cristiano Ronaldo to a substantial contract. While Ronaldo remains a prominent figure, he is significantly older than Mbappé and nearing the later stages of his career.
Mbappé faces a moral dilemma in considering the offer from Al-Hilal, as Saudi Arabia has been associated with severe human rights violations, limited recognition of sexual orientations and religious freedom, and the exploitation of slave laborers.
To complicate matters further, Al-Hilal appears willing to allow Mbappé to join Real Madrid after the upcoming season, potentially delaying his desired move by 12 months.
As fans and sports enthusiasts eagerly await Mbappé‘s decision, the allure of such an astronomical offer might prove hard to resist. Whether he will prioritize his football ambitions or consider the broader implications of his destination remains to be seen.