Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al-Khatib, said on Monday, that Lionel Messi, the Argentine striker for Paris Saint-Germain, has been named an ambassador for tourism in the Kingdom.
“Today, I welcome Lionel Messi and his friends to Saudi Arabia for a spectacular holiday in which he enjoys the wonders of the Red Sea, Jeddah’s season, and its rich history,” the Saudi minister stated on Twitter.
He added: “This is not his first visit to the Kingdom and it will not be the last, and I am pleased to announce Messi as the ambassador of Saudi tourism.”
Messi’s arrival in Jeddah was also captured in the accompanying photo, along with his Argentine national team colleague and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leonardo Paredes.
Messi’s visit to Saudi Arabia is the fourth of its type, following a friendly encounter between his country’s national team and the Saudi national team at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh in 2011.
The third visit was in 2020 when he faced Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals on the grounds of King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.