What is Messi’s Net Worth
Over the last ten years, Lionel Messi has been considered to be the best soccer player and this reflects on his current professional contract with FC Barcelona that makes him the highest paid footballer in the world.
Winning the coveted FIFA Ballon d’Or (player of the year) a record five times in the last 7 years, coupled with his constant success on the field makes one of the most marketable individuals in the world.
So exactly what is Messi’s net worth? And how much is he currently earning?
Messi’s net worth: $350 million
Lionel Messi is currently the highest paid soccer player in the world earning slightly more than his closest competitor, Christiano Ronaldo.
He banks around $21.5million a year (£15 million) after tax which means that it costs slightly more than $40 million for Barcelona to keep him if we take into account the 52% tax levied on high earning foreigners in Spain.
Apart from his professional playing contract, Messi also has a lucrative contract with Adidas where he is the face of the arguably the world’s second largest sports brand, earning around $40 million a year from the deal.
He also commands a number of other endorsement deals in different niches with companies such as EA Sports, Pepsi, Samsung, and Walkers among others.
In the sports world, he is only rivaled by Christiano Ronaldo in terms of yearly income and endorsement deals.
Lionel Messi first came to Spain aged just 13 years in the year 2000, joining from Newell Old Boys when his family requested a trial with FC Barcelona.
He officially joined the Barcelona youth team in February 2001 and the club agreed to pay his $1000 a month medical bills while providing accommodation for his family who followed him to Spain.
He progressed rapidly and made his debut for the Barcelona first team aged just 16 years in a club friendly against FC Porto in 2003.
In February 2004, Messi signed his first professional contract in an eight year deal from which he earned a mere €1500 a week.
It was in his actual debut in club football in 2004 that he impressed his manager Frank Rijkaard.
Within a short time, he had achieved unprecedented success with Barcelona and became the clubs most famous player, wining over millions of fans from around the world for his sublime skills, team spirit and professionalism.
What is Messi’s net worth? Messi is also philanthropic, having founded the Leo Messi Foundation that helps give children the best opportunities in healthcare and education.