$400 MillionSalary: $92 Million
|Net Worth:||$400 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 24, 1987 (33 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.69 m)|
How much is Lionel Messi Worth?
Lionel Messi net worth and salary: Lionel Messi is an Argentinian-born professional footballer who has a net worth of $400 million. Lionel Messi has earned his net worth as the striker and winger of the FC Barcelona and the Argentina National Team. He is often regarded as the best soccer player in the world. He is certainly one of the highest-paid soccer players in the world. He has been the highest-paid player in a number of years. For example, in 2020 he earned $130 million – roughly $92 million from base salary and another $38 million from endorsements
Despite what you might have read in some lower quality sources, Lionel Messi is NOT A BILLIONAIRE. By the time his current contract with Barcelona is over, with endorsements he will have earned north of $1 billion. Some outlets misread that stat and declared him a “billionaire”. His next contract after the 2020 season will easily be one of the largest sports contracts in history and will likely bring his career earnings up to $1.5 billion by the time it completes.
Lionel Messi Salary: Lionel Messi is the highest-paid soccer player in the world. Under his previous contract, his annual base salary was $44.68 million. In 2017 he signed a new contract with Barcelona that pays a base salary of $80 million. Messi earns an additional $40 million every year from endorsements. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Lionel grossed $111 million, of which $30 million came from endorsements. He has a lifetime endorsement deal with Adidas. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned a staggering $130 million. Messi has been featured on the covers of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 video games. He and Fernando Torres are the faces of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 video game and helped out with the trailer and motion capturing.
Early Life: Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24, 1987. His father, Jorge Horacio Messi was a factory steelworker and his mother, Celia Maria Cuccittini was a part-time cleaner. He has close to his two older brothers, Rodrigo and Matias, and a sister, Maria Sol, and the family would constantly play soccer together along with their cousins Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi, both of whom went on to become professional footballers as well. Messi joined the Rosario soccer club when he was just six years old and played for Newell’s Old Boys.
When Lionel Messi was ten, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, and his father could no longer afford medical treatment for him. Newell’s agreed to contribute but later took back their promise. The Sporting Director of FC Barcelona, Carles Rexach, offered to pay the medical bills if Messi could move to Spain. With Lionel father’s approval, Rexach drew up a contract on a paper napkin and the family moved to Barcelona in February 2001. They moved into an apartment near Camp Nou, the club’s stadium. Messi suffered homesickness after his mother and siblings returned back to Rosario while he stayed in Barcelona with his father. After a year, Messi was enrolled in the Royal Spanish Football Federation where he became a part of the “Baby Dream Team”, Barcelona’s greatest collection of young soccer players.
Career: At the age of 17, Lionel Messi made his league debut against RCD Espanyol and became the third-youngest person ever to play on FC Barcelona. At that time he was also the youngest player to ever score for Barcelona. During the 2005-2006 season, Messi began being paid as a first-team member and also got his Spanish citizenship. He also made his debut in the Spanish First Division league. Messi received a standing ovation during his first match after he scored alongside superstar Ronaldinho. Out of his seventeen League appearances, he scored six goals. He scored one goal in six for the Champions League. In 2006, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in the FIFA World Cup
Charity: Messi is the founder of the Leo Messi Foundation, which helps better opportunities for underprivileged children regarding education and health care. He started the charity in 2007 following a visit to a Boston children’s hospital, an experience that he has said deeply changed him. His foundation, with the help of Herbalife, helps to pay for medical treatment, transportation and recuperation for children diagnosed with major medical problems. Messi is also the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since March 2010. He completed a field mission for UNICEF, traveling to Haiti to bring public awareness to the plight of the country’s children following the recent earthquake.
Lionel also does individual fundraising activities such as global football matches raising 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 construction of a new gym and dorm inside the club 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 made a $1 million dollar donation to help fight the spread of coronavirus. In addition, Messi and his fellow Barcelona Football Club teammates took a 70 percent cut in their salaries during the COVID-19 emergency. They did this so that no Barcelona workers would have their wages docked during the global emergency.
Personal Life: Messi has been with Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow Rosario native, since 2008. They have known each other since they were five years old. They confirmed their romance publicly in January 2009. Messi and Roccuzzo got married in Rosario in June 2007. The couple has three children: Thiago (b. 2012), Matero (b. 2015), and Ciro (b. 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 run mostly as a family business, with his father having been his agent since Messi was 14. His older brother Rodrigo handles his publicity.