Lionel Messi Net Worth: $230 million
Lionel Messi Salary: $40 million
|Full Name||Lionel Andres Messi|
|Date of Birth||June 24th, 1987|
|Children||Thigao Messi, Mateo Messi, Ciro Messi|
|Parents||Jorge Messi, Celia Maria Cuccittini|
Who is Lionel Messi?
The footballing star, Lionel Messi is arguably the best player ever to grace a football pitch. He is an Argentine by birth and has lived 17 years of his life in Spain playing for the Spanish football club FC Barcelona. Messi has led the club to immense success alongside other superstars at the club.
It is not a secret that a career in the footballing world, especially as a player, pays massively. Moreover, Messi himself is the best player in the world and so is paid in accordance with his status.
He has multiple sources of income which is the reason why Lionel Messi net worth is almost $230 million.
Lionel Messi is one of the most successful players when it comes to personal and team trophies. Moreover, his playing style brings joy to the people. He is responsible for almost half of the excitement and entertainment around the world.
Messi is also one of the highest paid players in the world. But his life hasn’t always been a bed of roses.
His story began with a grandmother whom he was closet to. She once took Messi to a park where two kids’ football teams were playing.
One of the team was short on a player so the coach asked his grandmother to let him play. This was the first time he touched a football.
Kids he was playing with were all bigger than him in terms of physique and age, both. He had no idea of how to kick a ball.
The ball came near him and he stood like a statue. But he kept on observing how other players were doing.
The second time the ball came near him, he started dribbling and went past everyone. This was because he was small and he had this talent God gifted.
This is how his football journey began. He still plays in the same way he did on that day. He has just gone mature.
Messi’s father started coaching him and he used to play with the kids in the neighborhood. His grandmother was the one who used to motivate him and his family and used to emphasize that Leo could be a star in the future.
All was going well. Messi was learning a lot. He was going to be a future star until he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency.
Because of this illness, Lionel Messi was shorter, thinner, and weaker than other children of his age. He lacked stamina and strength which were a hurdle in the way of Messi’s way to a professional footballing career.
Messi’s parents couldn’t afford the fees of his treatment so they asked help from different clubs. None was ready to bear the expenses until his father offered him to FC Barcelona.
The Catalan club was reluctant at the start and delayed the agreement until one day he was signed. Since then, he lived in Barcelona’s La Masia academy who has some great graduates like Puyol, Pique, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, and Cesc Fabregas.
It was a difficult time for Messi as he had to work hard and live far away from his family. A thirteen-year-old kid going through all of this will surely be not having an easy time.
He was different and people at Barcelona knew that. He made his first-team debut at the age of 16 under the Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard. And the rest, as they say, is history.
From being a kid from a poor background to Lionel Messi net worth of $230 million, it has been an exciting ride.
Lionel Messi is married to his childhood love, Antonella Roccuzzo. She is a cousin of one of Leo’s friend with whom he used to play together as a kid.
Leo and Antonella liked each other since the start. When Lionel grew up and became a star, he officially asked her out and the couple started dating.
They got married in the July of 2017 after living together for almost 7 years. The ceremony took place in Argentina and all of Messi’s footballing friends from Argentina and Barcelona were invited.
Lionel Messi had his first child Thiago Messi in 2012. He is often seen with Lionel Messi while trophy celebrations and other events.
The couple had a second son in 2015 who is named Mateo Messi.
The third one, Ciro Messi, was born in 2018, a year after the couple got married.
Lionel Messi made his debut in 2005 at the age of 16. Everyone at Barcelona knew that Messi has something special and hence gave him a chance in the first team under Frank Rijkaard.
His promising start made him a first-team choice for the manager within 2 seasons alongside the Brazilian Ronaldinho and the Cameroon international, Samuel Eto.
But injuries held him back from reaching his absolute peak in terms of football. After a couple of seasons on and off, Messi became the mighty footballer he is today when the legendary manager Pep Guardiola took over as the first team coach of FC Barcelona.
Barcelona and Lionel Messi, both enjoyed immense success under the Spanish manager winning the treble in the first season and winning all the six possible trophies in 2009.
Messi won his first ever Ballon d’Or in the same year. After that, Messi kept on dominating the football world and won four consecutive Ballon d’Ors.
Since then, Barcelona and Messi are struggling to become the absolute best they were. But they managed to win another treble in 2015 which won him another Ballon d’Or becoming the first ever player to win five.
He has also won 5 European Golden Shoes which is again a record number.
The only thing missing from his cabinet is an international trophy with Argentina. However, despite this thing, Lionel Messi net worth is still very high in the footballing world.
Salary And Sponsorships
The bigger the star, the bigger the bank account. Lionel Messi is earning some huge amount of money each year.
His weekly wages from Barcelona are almost $500,000 which is only lesser than Neymar in entire Europe. Moreover, his Argentine friends, Carlos Tevez and Lavezzi earn much more than Messi and Neymar in the cash-rich Chinese Super League.
Messi also has a number of sponsorship deals with different brands. However, his biggest sponsor is Adidas. Adidas and Messi have been working together for a long time now. However, now Messi has signed a lifetime contract with the company worth at least $1 billion. It has the most contribution to Lionel Messi net worth.
Unlike other footballers like Ronaldo, who owns his personal clothing line, Messi has made investments in property in his native country Argentina. This also adds up to his net worth.