Argentine and Barcelona star-man Lionel Messi is considered by many the footballs great of all-time, and this should not come as a surprise to anyone fans or critics that Messi is the highest-paid player in the world game.
Lionel Messi has spent the whole of his Career at Barcelona ever since joining them in 2004, playing alongside Barcelona icon then Ronaldinho, Xavi and Iniesta who have since left with some proceeding on retirement.
He has dominated the sport alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for more than a decade now and this seems not to come to an end very soon as this football top flights have still enjoying their prime even 34 years and above.
Messi has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times and holds Barca’s all-time records for appearances and goals. Lionel Messi also broke Argentina’s appearance record during the Copa America quarter finals becoming Argentina’s most capped player in their 4-1 Copa America victory over Bolivia.
Lionel Messi is also the country’s record goal scorer, and is on way to breaking Pele’s record as they head for a Copa America Finals Against Brazil this coming Sartuday. The forward has won La Liga title 10 times and the Champions League on four occasions.
As well as being a superstar player, the 33-year-old has built some substantial wealth.
Here are all of the stunning financial metrics for Messi, numbers which highlight his extraordinary success on and off the pitch in a glittering career.
Messi’s net worth?
At the start of this year 2021 Messi had an estimated net worth of $400 million, which equates to around £291m and €338m in other major currencies.
How much does Messi earn?
When it comes to measuring the greatest players in the world’s most beautiful game, the focus inevitably turns to a pair of rivals with household names but It is no brainer that Lionel Messi is the highest earning footballer in the world.
Forbes reported his total earnings for the calendar year of 2020 were around $126m this is after Messi resolved a weeks-long contract drama to land the top spot with $126 million, nudging out Juventus’ Ronaldo, who comes in at No. 2 with $117 million.
That put him narrowly ahead of Ronaldo ($117m), with Neymar ($96m) the only other footballer in close proximity.
After the big three there is a big drop to Kylian Mbappe ($42m) and Mohamed Salah ($37m) to round out the top five.
Messi earns slightly less than Ronaldo when it comes to endorsements and commercial activities.
He scooped up $34m in that category compared to $47m for the Portugal international. But his huge Barcelona salary takes him to the number one spot overall, with Ronaldo earning less from his contract with Juventus.
Breaking down the earnings of Messi into shorter timeframes generates some eye-watering results. The $126m he earned last year means Messi earns $10.5m per month and a weekly wage of over $2.4m.
Every day is like a lottery win for Messi, with daily earnings of $345,000. Digging deeper, Argentina forward Messi makes over $14,000 every hour, $233 per minute and almost $4 every second.
Over the course of his career, Messi has already earned over $1 billion before taxes and expenditure.
As of 2020, Ronaldo was the only other player to have achieved that status.
Barcelona Messi’s contract
As it stands now the Barcelona Legend to be is a free agent dedicating most of his time with Argentina for at least to win a trophy with country.
During the start of this year his contract controversially went viral to the public after leaking sending shockwaves through the game.
It was discovered that the most recent four-year extension signed by Messi in 2017 was worth up to $555m if certain objectives were reached, at a time when Barca were in a perilous financial state.
He received over €115m as a bonus simply for signing the contract together with a loyalty bonus of €78m, separate to his lucrative salary and image rights. Barcelona denied any involvement in the leak, which first appeared in El Mundo and received global attention.
This summer after the Copa America finals, where Messi has been the shoulder of Argentina producing utterly great performance his salary is once again going to be a huge talking point. so far Messi tops the goal scoring shit with Four goals and Five assists followed by Neymar with other players with whom they have tied at the second spot.
Messi is out of contract at the end of the season after a tumultuous few years at Barcelona, who have huge financial problems.
He has previously expressed his desire to leave and tried to do so at the end of last season after a lack of progress on the pitch and a fallout with former president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The club would still love to keep him after Joan Laporta returned as president.
But Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are expected to come in with enormous wage offers.
Lionel Messi has signed a long term deal contract with Adidas with whom they are well connected. This partnership began in 2006 after Adidas won a battle with rivals Nike.
The attacker wears the brand’s boots on the pitch and endorses a host of other products for them. By contrast, Ronaldo represents Nike.
Messi represents, or has represented, huge swathes of global companies as his star power has grown. MasterCard, Pepsi, Gatorade, Huawei, Dolce & Gabbana, Gillette, Turkish Airlines and Audemars Piguet are among them.
He has also represented Konami as the face of Pro Evolution Soccer and EA Sports for their FIFA gaming series.
All these partnerships have heavily contributed towards his net worth, providing an additional income stream to his Barcelona wages.
As well as his products with Adidas, Messi has launched his own clothing line. The Messi Store in Barcelona was his first retail outlet, opened in 2019.
Overall, even though they have increased in prominence towards the latter stages of his career, Messi’s business interests were often more limited than other players, or at least more private.
Earlier in his career, many of Messi’s deals were carefully selected to ensure they were tied to his performances as a player and he did not promote products as actively as others.
Messi has a hotel business MiM which is run by his brother.
He put money into the Azahares del Parana community project near his birthplace of Rosario in Argentina, along with an apartment building in the city Centre.
Like with all successful athletes, Messi also has a varied range of investments to help grow his wealth. Messi also does a host of charity work. He has his own foundation and has been a long-term ambassador with UNICEF. He was asked to help the World Health Organization in their campaign to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Messi Cars and Assets
Messi has a love of luxury cars. His portfolio is said to include a Ferrari F430 Spider, a Pagani Zonda, a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, and an Audi R8 Spyder, all of which are worth six or seven-figure amounts.
Messi also enjoys travelling on his own $17.7m equivalent to €15m private jet which includes a kitchen, two bathrooms and 16 seats that can become beds. He has the names of his wife and children etched on the steps of the plane.
He owns a luxurious home in Castelldefels near Barcelona, which has a view of the Catalan mountains.
The mansion contains some specific features added by Messi, including a football pitch, a swimming pool and children’s playground.
A one-zero eco house that was designed and custom-built by Luis Garrido is also an asset for the Messi family, who have spent over $2m on renovations. He has reportedly spent almost $10m on an apartment in Miami’s Porsche Design Tower in Miami.
There is an elaborate lift in the building that allows to park their car on the same floor of the luxury suite. In between football seasons, the forward reportedly travels around with his family on a yacht that costs $50,000 per week to rent and once invited former football mate Luiz Suarez.
The yacht contains four rooms that can welcome 10 guests and has a master suite, a VIP stateroom and two twin cabins. There is an outdoor bar and huge space for sunbathing.
Messi Followers On Social Media?
Messi is rare among footballers in that he does not have a personal Twitter account, with an Adidas-run account his only presence on that platform.
He does have a Facebook page which has attracted an astonishing 102 million fans.
Messi can boast even more impressive figures on Instagram, where he is followed by 227m people.