What is Lionel Messi Net Worth?
Lionel Messi is an Argentine-born professional athlete who is often regarded as the best footballer in the world. Lionel Messi net worth is $600 million. Lionel Messi made most of his fortune as a forward and winger for FC Barcelona. On August 10, 2021, it was announced that Lionel would join Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. He also plays for the Argentina national team. During his time at Barcelona, Lionel scored 672 goals in 778 games.
Lionel Messi is probably the highest paid soccer player in the world and definitely one of the highest paid athletes in the world overall. His earth-shattering deal with Barcelona in 2017 brought Messi an average annual base salary of $168 million. He also makes about $40 million a year from endorsements, meaning he made about $200 million a year from that deal.
Despite what you may have read in some lower quality sources, Lionel Messi is NOT A BILLIONAIRE. When his contract with Barcelona expired, he was earning over $1.3 billion from endorsements. By our count, he's made around $900 million in salaries and $400 million in endorsements so far. Some outlets misread this statistic and declared him a "billionaire." His next contract after the 2020 season is sure to be one of the biggest esports deals in history, likely taking his career earnings to $1.5 billion by the time he closes.
On August 5, 2020, Barcelona announced that they couldn't afford to sign Messi and would therefore look for deals with other teams. Five days later, Lionel announced that he had signed for Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel's new deal with Paris Saint-Germain includes a salary of $75 million per year. The contract has an option for a third year.
He was reportedly willing to accept a 50% pay cut to stay at Barcelona but La Liga rules forbade it. Even with a 50% pay cut, Barcelona's wages would have represented 110% of club revenue, while La Liga rules put that figure at 70%.
- The deal with Barcelona brought him $160 million a year
- Earns $40-60 million a year from endorsements
- Is the highest paid athlete in the world
- Total annual income typically exceeds $200 million
- Earned over $1.3 billion from all sources in his career
- Earned around $900 million in salary
- Has earned around $400 million from endorsements
Table of Contents
- Salary and contracts of Lionel Messi
- Adidas confirmation
- Early life
- Personal life
Salary and contracts of Lionel Messi
When he was at his peak with Barcelona, Lionel Messi was by far the highest paid soccer player in the world. In 2017 he signed a contract with Barcelona paying a base salary of $168 million. His contract numbers were a closely guarded secret for several years, but in January 2021, Spanish newspaper El Mundo published the leaked contract details. Under a previous contract, his annual base salary was $44.68 million.
In August 2021, Lionel signed for Paris Saint-Germain. His first contract is a two-year deal that works out at $75 million a year before taxes, approximately $40 million after taxes. Messi's contract also allows him to earn additional bonuses based on milestones and a cut in shirt sales.
Messi earns an additional $40m each year from endorsements. He has a lifetime endorsement deal with Adidas. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned a whopping $130 million. Messi was featured on the covers of the video games Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011. He and Fernando Torres are the faces of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 video game and helped with the trailer and motion capture.
One of the most famous and recognizable athletes in the world, Messi has been sponsored by Adidas since 2006. He is their leading brand endorser. He was originally signed to Nike at the age of 14 but switched to Adidas. In 2008, Messi had a long-running signature collection of Adidas shoes and received his own sub-brand of shoes called Adidas Messi.
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Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. His father, Jorge Horacio Messi, was a steel worker in a factory and his mother, Celia Maria Cuccittini, was a part-time cleaner. He has close relationships with his two older brothers, Rodrigo and Matias, and a sister, Maria Sol, and the family constantly played soccer alongside their cousins Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi, both of whom later became professional soccer players as well. Messi joined Rosario football club when he was just six years old and played for Newell's Old Boys.
When Lionel Messi was ten years old, he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency and his father could no longer afford medical treatment for him. Newell's agreed to contribute but later went back on their promise. FC Barcelona sporting director Carles Rexach offered to pay the medical bills should Messi be able to move to Spain. With the approval of Lionel's father, Rexach drew up a contract on a paper napkin and the family moved to Barcelona in February 2001. They moved to an apartment near Camp Nou, the club's stadium. Messi suffered from homesickness after his mother and siblings returned to Rosario while he stayed with his father in Barcelona. After a year, Messi was inducted into the Royal Spanish Football Federation, where he became part of the 'Baby Dream Team', Barcelona's largest roster of young footballers.
At the age of 17, Lionel Messi made his league debut against RCD Espanyol becoming the third youngest player ever to play for FC Barcelona. At that time he was also the youngest player ever to score for Barcelona. During the 2005-2006 season, Messi was paid as a first-team member and also received Spanish citizenship. He also made his debut in the Spanish First Division. Messi received a standing ovation in his first game after scoring alongside superstar Ronaldinho. He scored six goals in his seventeen league games. He scored one of six goals for the Champions League. In 2006, Messi became the youngest Argentinian to play and score at the FIFA World Cup.
After the World Cup, Messi was injured in the 2006-2007 season with a broken metatarsal that took three months to heal. He was back in the game against Racing Santander as a substitute. In March of this season, he scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid, making him the first player to do so in El Clasico since Ivan Zamorano. In the 2007-2008 season, Messi led Barcelona to the top 4 in the league. He won nomination as a forward for a FIFA ProWorld XI Player Award and was named the best player in the world by Marca newspaper. Other newspapers followed and declared that Messi should receive the Ballon d'Or. He finally won his first in 2009 at the age of 22 and has won three more in a row each year. He also received an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2012, he set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season. This sealed his fate as Barcelona's all-time top scorer. Over the next two seasons, Messi, now Barcelona team captain, finished second for the Ballon d'Or behind career rival Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2014, Messi led Argentina to the final of the World Cup, for which he also won the Golden Ball. Messi announced his retirement in 2016 but reversed his decision and led Argentina to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They also finished third at the 2019 Copa America. In 2019, Messi secured a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or.
Messi is the founder of the Leo Messi Foundation, which helps provide underprivileged children with better opportunities in terms of education and health care. He founded the charity in 2007 after a visit to a children's hospital in Boston, an experience he said was profoundly transformative. His foundation, with the help of Herbalife, helps fund the medical treatment, transportation and recovery of children who have been diagnosed with serious medical problems. Messi has also been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since March 2010. He served on a field mission for UNICEF and traveled to Haiti to raise public awareness of the plight of the country's children following the recent earthquake.
Lionel also runs individual fundraisers such as: B. Worldwide football matches to raise money for various charities. Messi financially supports many youth football clubs in Argentina such as Sarmiento, Rosario Central, Newell's, River Plate and Boca Junior. At his boyhood club Newell's, Messi funded the construction of a new gym and dormitory at the club's stadium in 2012. His former coach there is employed by the Messi Foundation and works as a talent scout for young players.
In March 2020, Messi donated $1 million to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Furthermore, Messi and his Barcelona Football Club teammates had to cut their salaries by 70 percent during the COVID-19 emergency. They did this so that no worker in Barcelona would have their wages cut during the global emergency.
Messi has been dating Antonella Roccuzzo, also from Rosario, since 2008. They have known each other since they were five years old. They publicly confirmed their romance in January 2009. Messi and Roccuzzo married in June 2007 in Rosario. The couple have three children: Thiago (born 2012), Matero (born 2015) and Ciro (born 2018). Messi is still very close to his immediate family members, especially his mother. He has her face tattooed on his left shoulder. His professional affairs are largely run as a family business, with his father being his agent since Messi was 14. His older brother Rodrigo takes care of his public relations.
In 2009, Messi paid $2 million for a house in Barcelona's Pedrables district. Then he spent millions on renovations and upgrades. The house is valued at $7 million to $10 million today.
In November 2019, Lionel paid $5 million for a condo in Miami. In April 2021, he paid $7.3 million for the entire ninth floor of another Miami building.