How Much Is The Salary And Net Worth Of Lionel Messi 2022?

Wondering how much is the salary and the net worth of Lionel Messi? Check out here his net worth, endorsements etc below. 

One of the most popular and accomplished football superstars of our generation, Lionel Andres Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. 

He is popularly called Leo Messi and he plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain as a forward and also leads the Argentina national team as its captain. One of the best players of all time, Messi has won seven Ballon d’Or awards, and six European Golden Shoes. 

Messi’s entire professional career in football was with Barcelona till he left the club in 2021 to join Paris Saint-Germain. With Barcelona, Messi won 35 trophies including four UEFA Champions Leagues, ten La Liga titles, and seven Copa del Rey titles. 

How much is the salary and net worth of Lionel Messi?

Lionel Messi’s current salary is $75 million and his current net worth is estimated at $600 million in December 2021. He is one of the most famous football players from Barcelona. 

Messi is one of the biggest goal scorers of all time. In La Liga, Messi scored a record number of 474 goals. The 750 senior career goals he scored for Barcelona was the highest number any player has achieved for a single club.

France Football wrote Messi was the highest paid professional footballer in the world for five out of six years from 2009 to 2014. In 2019, Forbes named him as the highest paid athlete in the world. 

In 2011 and 2012, Lionel Messi appeared in the Times’ list of the world’s 100 most influential people. He got the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award in February 2020 becoming the first footballer and a team athlete to win this honor. 

Messi is the world’s second footballer to cross $ 1billion career earnings and so salary and net worth of Lionel Messi becomes an interesting topic to pursue.

Salary And Net Worth Of Lionel Messi: Quick Summary

NameLionel Andres messi
Birth dateJune 24, 1987
Birth placeRosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
ResidenceCastelldefels, Spain
CareerProfessional footballer
Teams representedBarcelona (2003 to 2021)Paris Saint-Germain (2021 -)
Net worth in 2021$600 million
Salary in 2021$75 million
Major endorsementsAdidas, Pepsi, Anheuser Busch InBev, Ooredoo, Gatorade, Jacob & Co, and Hard Rock Cafe Inc.

Salary And Net Worth Of Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s salary and net worth have received a big boost in 2021 after he joined Paris Saint-Germain. Messi played for Barcelona from 2003 to 2021 as a winger and striker and with this team he earned a significant portion of his wealth. 

According to The Mirror, Messi’s net worth in 2021 is valued at $600 million, which makes him the second professional footballer in the world following Cristiano Ronaldo to have crossed $1 billion career earnings during last year.  

Based on a leaked copy, The Mirror also reports that Lionel Messi would receive a paycheck of $110 million over his three years of stay in France. His earnings for the 2021-22 season will be an estimated $30 million and he will earn $40 million over the two subsequent seasons. The deal Messi has signed with PSG also has a $25 million signing bonus.

One another big avenue contributing to Messi’s huge net worth is his endorsements. For a major part during his career, Messi has been the face of Adidas from 2009 to 2014. Messi earned a huge amount of money from Adidas deal and the lifetime contract he signed in 2017 with the German company fetches him roughly around $25 million per year. 

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Lionel Messi’s Career Earning Stats

Gathering the data from various sources, we see that Messi could have earned $900 million from salaries and $400 million from endorsements. 

Though most sources placed Lionel Messi among the highest earning athletes in the world, the details of the Barcelona contract was one of the closely-guarded secrets till Spanish newspaper El Mundo leaked out the details of the contract in January 2021.

As per the available stats, it is most likely that Lionel Messi is the highest-paid professional footballer in the world. Also, it is for sure that he is one of the highest paid athletes in the world today. The new contract Messi signed with Barcelona in 2017 landed him on a base salary of $168 million per annum and he earned $667,000 per week as salary. 

Barcelona also gave away a welcome bonus of $59.6 million for signing up. His earnings through endorsements during this period was roughly around $40 million in a year. Therefore, till 2021, Messi earned not less than $200 million per year.

On August 5, 2020, Barcelona declared that it can’t afford re-signing Messi and so he would be seeking contracts elsewhere. Within just five days of this announcement, Messi had already signed up with Paris Saint-Germain with a base salary of $75 million per year. 

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Though Messi was willing to slash his pay by 50% to stay with Barcelona, the rules of the league does not allow this to happen. Even if Messi accepts to cut his salary by 50%, the payout he will receive will be 110% of the revenue the club will make, whereas the rules of the league require this value to be not more than 70%.

By the time he stepped out of the contract with Barcelona, he had earned more than $1.3 billion through salaries and endorsements. The contract he landed with Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 is one of the largest contracts in the history of sports. 

The PSG contract is most likely to leave him with $1.5 billion before he completes it. In fact, this contract comes with an option for third year. 

Endorsements by Messi

The major chunk of Messi’s endorsement earnings is from Adidas. The lifetime contract he signed with the firm in 2017 pays him $25 million per year. The other endorsement deals he has signed are with Gatorade, Dolce & Gabbana, Audemars Piguet. Pepsi, Tata Motors, and Budweiser. Together from these deals, Messi earns around $33million per annum.

Messi had signed up with Nike when he was just 14 years old. Adidas eventually challenged Nike’s claim to Messi’s image rights in the court and got him transferred to sign up with Adidas. Since then, Messi has been Adidas’ leading endorser. Right from 2008, Messi had a signature collection of Adidas F50 shoes. 

In 2015, Messi became the first footballer in history to get his own sub-brand of Adidas boots known as Adidas Messi. From 2017, Messi has been wearing the latest make of Adidas Nemeziz. The Barcelona Jersey carrying Messi’s name and number was the global best seller in the realm of replica jerseys in 2015.    

Messi also earns by appearing on the top covers of football video games Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA for EA Sports and Konami. All these different sources helped the sportster boost up his net worth to cross $1 billion. 

According to SportsPro, Lionel Messi is one of the most marketable athletes in the world since they started their research in 2010.

How Much Messi has Given to Philanthropy

Since 2004, Messi has been a regular contributor to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). In 2010, Messi was appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill ambassador to raise public awareness to the sufferings of children due to the recent earthquakes.

 Messi has participated in several UNICEF campaigns that target prevention of HIV, and social inclusion and education of disabled children.

Messi has also founded his own charitable organization known as Leo Messi Foundation to promote causes like sports for children, health care and education. 

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This foundation awards research grants and is financing medical training and developing medical centers around the world. He also organizes fundraising matches under the title ‘Messi and Friends’. His foundation also receives financial assistance from brands like Adidas and others.

In February 2021, Messi donated Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Adidas shoes he wore while scoring the 644th goal for Barcelona, which broke the earlier records for most goals scored by a player for a single club. The proceeds from the auctioning of the shoes was given away to help children with cancer. 

Cars and Houses of Messi

Lionel Messi has a huge collection of luxury cars including Ferrari 335 S, Scaglietti Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spider, Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale, Mini Cooper S Cabriolet, Pagani Zonda, Audi R8 V10, Audi RS6, Audi A7, Audi Q7, LEXUS RX, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes SLS AMG, Range Rover Cars, and 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8.

Messi resides with his family in a luxurious mansion located in Bellamar, a neighborhood of Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain. The property has a swimming pool, mini-football pitch, a garden, an outdoor dining area, and a playground.

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