As the star of Spain’s FC Barcelona and captain of the Argentinian national team, there is a lot of pressure on star forward Lionel Messi. But don’t feel too bad for him. Messi is rewarded handsomely for his work on the pitch.
According to Forbes, Messi is the second highest paid athlete in the world, trailing only Floyd Mayweather. In 2017 alone, he earned a staggering $111 million; $80 million in earnings from Barcelona and an additional $27 million from endorsement deals. When you factor in last year’s payday, Messi’s total net worth reportedly stands at $400 million.
In 1987, Lionel Andrés Messi was born in Argentina to working-class parents. Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child – which is usually noticeable by a person’s short height (Messi is listed as 5-foot-7). Regardless of his medical issue, it was very apparent that his skills on the pitch were something special. At age 13, Messi moved to Spain to play at Barcelona’s academy. As part of the move, the (wealthy) club agreed to cover the costs of his expensive medical treatments. This investment proved to be the smartest decision in their history.
Before we dive into the numbers, it goes without saying, Messi has had one of the most successful (and spectacular) career of all time. Throughout his professional career — he has only played for Barcelona — he has won the Spanish League nine times, and the Champions League four times. He has netted 383 goals in just 418 games. His jaw-dropping individual play has earned him a record-tying five prestigious Ballon d’Or awards, and a record-setting five European Golden Boot awards.
Show Me The Money
Messi recently signed a contract extension with Barcelona, which will pay him $33 million annually, until the 2020-2021 season. In addition to his salary, Messi has a lifetime deal with Adidas, that is rumored to pay him in the neighborhood of $12 million per year.
If a lifetime endorsement deal isn’t impressive enough, how about this… According to ESPN, China plans to build a theme park named after him. Per the story, construction of the park will be completed in 2020.