In 2021, Lionel Messi’s net worth was $400 million, which makes him one of the richest soccer players in the world.
In 2017, he became the highest-paid athlete in La Liga after extending his contract with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi is an Argentine football player who is considered one of the best players in the history of football. He is known for his goal scoring and his uncanny ability to dribble past 2..3..4..opponents at once.
The Argentine talisman made his fortune at the Blaugrana, but now he has committed to PSG for the next two years.
But how much is Messi worth exactly?
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become the second soccer billionaire. After Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi has now earned a billion dollars before taxes in his career, as reported by Forbes.
According to Forbes, Messi is the highest-earning player in 2020, with the Argentina international set to earn $126 million (£98 million) – split between his $92 million (£72 million) salary and $34 million (£26 million) in advertising revenue.
In addition to his shoe contract with adidas, Messi also has advertising deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and AI vision company OrCam Technologies.
Messi’s charity work
Messi is committed to charitable causes aimed at children in need. His commitment stems from the medical challenges he faced in his own childhood. Since 2004, he has dedicated his time and financial resources to UNICEF. The organization is closely linked to FC Barcelona. Messi has even been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since his appointment in March 2010.
Messi founded his own charity, the Leo Messi Foundation, which supports children’s access to healthcare, education and sports.
Who is Lionel Messi dating?
Messi has been dating Argentine-born Antonella Roccuzzo since 2008. The two have known each other since they were five years old. In January 2009, they publicly announced their relationship. Messi and Roccuzzo were married in Rosario in June 2009. The couple has three children: Thiago (born 2012), Matero (born 2015) and Ciro (born 2018). Messi is still very close to his immediate family, especially his mother. His father is also his current agent. His older brother Rodrigo is responsible for marketing and completes the family ties.
How does Lionel Messi spend his money?
Like many other football millionaires, Messi has a penchant for expensive cars: he owns a Ferrari F430 Spider, a Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale and an Audi R8 Spyder. These cars cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it hardly reduces a player’s budget. The vehicle Messi bought at auction, however, is of a completely different caliber. It is estimated to be the most expensive car in the world, a 1957 Ferrari 335 Spyder Scaglietti that sold for $37 million.
Messi owns a $15 million luxury private jet, a 2004 Gulfstream V, which he bought for his family to travel to and from Europe and South America. The plane seats sixteen people and also has two kitchens and two bathrooms, one with a shower. Personal details include the number 10 on the tail of the plane and the names of their children on each step of the plane.
Overlooking the sea and a no-fly zone, Messi’s £5.5 million Barcelona residence offers a tranquil experience. Located in the exclusive suburb of Castelldefels, it’s the perfect spot for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
He bought privacy by blowing up his neighbor’s house, as told by his former teammate Ivan Rakitic.
Just 20 kilometers from Camp Nou, Messi’s house has a small soccer field, a swimming pool, a gym and a playground for his three children.
Plus, there’s the incredible view of the Balearic Sea that he wakes up to every day – you don’t get that in Manchester, Paris or London.
A close friend of Lionel Messi, Luiz Suárez, lives nearby, and Philippe Coutinho is always around when a team report is needed.
The hotels of Lionel Messi
Since tourism is big business in Barcelona (at least before the coronavirus pandemic), Messi has invested his money wisely.
Like his soccer rival Cristiano Ronaldo, he became a hotelier and bought a £26 million hotel in the coastal town of Sitges, about 42 kilometers from the city.
The four-star MiM Sitges hotel is just 100 meters from the sea, has 77 rooms, including five junior suites and one suite, and a standard room costs around 105 pounds a night in high season. There’s also the rooftop Sky Bar, which offers panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean, and a swimming pool.
If you want to relax even more, there’s an upscale spa with a sauna, Turkish bath, sensory showers, relaxation pool, cold whirlpool, and saltwater pool.
The Argentine international is one of the most recognizable faces and lucrative earners in the game of football. After contract negotiations with FC Barcelona broke down, he agreed to a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and now faces a new challenge.
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