Lionel Messi is arguably the best, if not the best footballer of this generation. The fan following of the Argentine footballer transcends borders. Remember, when a young Afghan fan Murtaza Ahmadi wore a plastic bag with “Messi 10” written in black marker, Messi, a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, made sure to meet the kid and not only did he gift Murtuza an autographed shirt and a ball, but also walked out onto the pitch with him. Let’s have to take a look at Lionel Messi net worth, salary,endorsements deals.
Lionel Messi Bio:
Born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina as Lionel Andrés Messi to Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini. He was the third of the four siblings in the family. Messi developed an interest in football at home, playing with his brothers and cousins. His cousins Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi both became professional footballers. At a tender age of four, Messi joined the local club Grandoli, where his father was the coach. At the age of six, he joined the Rosario club. However, at age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which could have jeopardized his career. But, fate had some great plans for him.
Lionel Messi Career:
At the age of 16, Lionel Messi made his debut for FC Barcelona at 75th minute during a friendly against José Mourinho’s Porto, becoming the youngest player to score a goal for the team. Barcelona’s star footballer Ronaldinho went on to tell his teammates that Messi would go on to become an even better player than himself. Ronaldinho called him “little brother” later.
Messi signed his first contract as a senior team player on his 18th birthday. At the age of 19, he had become a household name, an icon for budding footballers. In 2009, Messi went on to lead FC Barcelona to the Champions League, La Liga, and Spanish Super Cup titles. In 2012, he became FC Barcelona’s leading goal scorer of all-time, also setting the record for the most goals in a calendar year- 91 which is also a Guinness World Record.
The man has won FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a record five times- 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Recently, in 2019 he was bestowed with the Best FIFA Men’s Player. Messi has also won the European Golden Shoe for a record 6 times.
Lionel Messi Net Worth, Salary and Endorsements:
Lionel Messi net worth is estimated to be around 400 million dollars, making him the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2019. In 2019 alone, it is reported that he made a staggering 127 million dollars.
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi’s salary is currently $84 million. He makes nearly €565,000 per week. The 31-year-old makes a huge chunk of money through endorsements. In 2018, Forbes valued his endorsements at 27 million dollars.
Messi has a permanent lifetime deal with Adidas like Ronaldo has with Nike. It is surely going to make Messi’s net worth rise by more than 12 million dollars a year. Messi also has endorsement deals with companies such as Pepsi-Cola, Huawei, Gatorade, MasterCard, and many others which worth of 1 billion dollars altogether. In 2020, a theme park by his name is going to be launched in China.
Messi makes more dough by his social media posts. In 2016, Adidas paid him 53.5 million dollars i.e, 3.6 million dollars per post on Instagram.
Lionel Messi Assets:
Lionel Messi spends his money wisely. He has invested in an apartment building in Rosario, as well as into a set of gated communities outside the city called the Azahares del Parana project.
Messi has got two houses. The first one is in the suburbs of Barcelona. It is a three-story mansion in Castelldefels with a pool and a gym. The other one is a ball-shaped one, a few miles away with a scenic view of the Catalan Mountains. Designed by Luis Garrido, it is called One-Zero Eco House.
The 31-year-old loves his toys. He has a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, a Maserati GranTurismo S, a Lexus 4×4, an Audi R8 Spyder, an Audi Q7, a Dodge Charger SRT8, a Ferrari F430 Spider, along with many others.
Lionel Messi Philanthropy:
He has his own organization- the Leo Messi Foundation which supports access to health care, education, and sport for children. Since 2010, he has served as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Messi has also invested in youth football in the Sarmiento football club in Rosario.
Lionel Messi Family:
Messi has been in a relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo since 2008. The duo knows each other since he was five years old as both are from Rosario. The couple has 3 sons – Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro. On 30 June 2017, Messi married Roccuzzo in a small wedding.
Lionel Messi Quotes:
“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of the sheep.”
“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”
Lionel Messi Social Media:
Messi has 132 million followers on Instagram. He isn’t on Twitter.