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How Rich is Lionel Messi? Net Worth, Salary and Investments


-Just how rich is Lionel Messi?

-Messi is without a doubt among the best football players to ever play the game.

Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time, at least according to countless football fans and pundits throughout the globe.

What is Messi’s net worth in 2023?

Lionel Messi is believed to have a net worth of $600 million (KSh 82 billion) as of 2023.

The majority of Lionel Messi’s fortune came through his work as a winger and striker for FC Barcelona.

In 778 games while playing for Barcelona, Lionel scored 672 goals. On December 18, 2022, Messi and the Argentina national team won the World Cup.

Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the highest-paid athletes in the world and is most likely the highest-paid soccer player.

Messi received an average base salary of $168 million per year as part of his historic 2017 contract with Barcelona.

In addition, he makes about $40 million a year in endorsement fees, which means that, under that contract, he was making over $200 million a year.


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Is Messi a billionaire in dollars?

Messi is thought to have made about $900 million in salary and $400 million in endorsement deals to date.

Some media outlets, however, misinterpreted that statistic and labeled him a “billionaire,” which is incorrect. This is considering they are gross earnings before taxes.

In short, Messi is not a billionaire, but all indications are that he’ll achieve the feat soon.

Messi salary and contracts

Lionel Messi was unquestionably the highest-paid soccer player in the world during his prime with Barcelona.

He committed to a contract with Barcelona in 2017 that included a $168 million base salary.

For several years, his contract numbers were kept a closely guarded secret, until in January 2021, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo revealed the contract information that had been leaked.

His base pay under the earlier agreement was $44.68 million annually.


How rich is Lionel Messi? The football legend made tons of money playing for Barcelona. Photo/courtesy

Lionel joined Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021. His original contract is for two years, with an annual salary of $75 million before taxes and about $40 million after taxes.

As part of his deal, Messi is also eligible for further bonuses based on accomplishments and a percentage of jersey sales.

Messi earns an additional $40 million in annual endorsement earnings.

Adidas has a lifelong endorsement agreement with him. His earnings from June 2018 to June 2019 were an astounding $130 million.

The video games Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 both featured Messi on their covers.

He and Fernando Torres, who are the faces of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 video game, helped out with the trailer and motion capture.

What does Messi invest his money in?

Messi has diversified his investments by establishing his own hotel chain, making significant real estate acquisitions, and demanding exorbitant fees for each sponsored Instagram post.

Messi has spent lavishly on incredibly expensive items like his opulent houses in various exotic locations, a private plane, a fleet of fancy wheels, and more.

Some unconfirmed reports say that Messi’s investments may be bringing in $1 million every day.

$1 billion Saudi contract

Lionel Messi was rumored to be close to agreeing to a $1 billion contract with an unknown Saudi Pro League team in May 2023.

According to the agreement, Lionel would receive a $400 million salary each season.

If accurate, that annual salary would nearly double the 2.5-year, $535 million offer that Cristiano Ronado signed from a Saudi Pro League team named Al Nassr in December 2022.

 Key facts

  • His contract with Barcelona paid him $160 million per year.
  • Messi earns $40 to $60 million from endorsements.
  • He is arguably the highest-paid athlete in the world.
  • Total annual income regularly exceeds $200 million.
  • Lifetime earnings total over $1.3 billion.
  • Messi has earned about $900 million in salary.
  • He has earned around $400 million from endorsements.

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Lionel Messi family

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24, 1987. George Messi, a laborer in a factory, was his father’s name in the family. And Calia Maria was the name of his mother. In addition, Lionel Messi has two brothers, Matias and Rodrigo. Maria Sol is Messi’s only sister .

Antonella Roccuzzo is the name of Lionel Messi’s spouse. They got married on June 30, 2017.

Currently, they are the parents of three sons. Their first child, Thiago Messi, was born on November 2, 2012.

Messi’s second son, Mateo Messi Roccuzzo, was born on September 11, 2015.

Messi’s third son is Ciro Messi Roccuzzo.

Lionel Messi quotes

“I go out and do the best I can in each game, and I don’t think about the fouls other players will commit or whether I might be injured. It only does you harm to worry about those things.”

“Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer, I would willingly play for nothing.”

“Whether it’s a friendly match, or for points, or a final, or any game, I play the same. I’m always trying to be my best, first for my team, for myself, for the fans, and to try and win.”


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“I try to use pressure to help me in every game. Pressure helps me do things to the best of my ability. I like it. I don’t feel pressure; quite the contrary, because I always enjoy what I’m doing, and that’s playing football.”

“There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. I always help in any way I can, even if it’s just by signing an autograph. A child’s smile is worth more than all the money in the world.”

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“I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year; it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

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