Lionel Messi after extended his contract with FC Barcelona till 2021 has become the 2nd highest paid footballer of the world. Messi has made this announcement back in July 2017 and now he is getting 500,000 per week. Let’s take in-depth at Lionel Messi’s professional career and unveil the factors behind the ultimate success of this footballer which makes Messi as one of the most marketable footballer.
Lionel Messi has been ruling the football world for over the last 10 years and his recent renewal of contract with FC Barcelona makes him the highest paid player of the world. Messi is the only footballer who won 5 Ballon d’ Or (FIFA Player of the year) awards in past 7 years followed by continuous infield and outfield success makes him the most demanding footballer of the world. Opposite to many top ranked athletes, Lionel Messi holds worldwide marketability as recently Messi has made a huge $50 million annual deal with Adidas
Lionel Messi Net Worth: $350 million
Currently Lionel Messi is one of the highest paid athlete in the world having more annual earnings as compare to Ronaldo. Messi recent contract with Barcelona earns him around £26.4 million annual after deduction of all taxes which means he is earning around £50 million from FC Barcelona.
Messi has also made a massive contract with Adidas which makes him world’s 2nd highest paid athlete by any sports brand in the world as he earns $40 million a year from his current deal with Adidas. Along with that Messi is have ton of other endorsements deals with different brand. But to be honest only Ronaldo beats him in context of Endorsement deals and annual earnings.
Messi Salary Background
Messi joined Spanish football club back in 2000 at the time when his family arranged a trail with Barcelona and Messi became the part of Barcelona youth team in Feb, 2001. In intial stages the club agreed to pay him medical bills around $1000 a month along with accommodation for his family who migrated to Barcelona. But Messi after joining Barcelona never looked back and succeed to made his 1st appearance for Barcelona just at the age of 16 years back in 2003. Messi signed his 1st professional contract in Feb, 2004 which earns him around €1500 per week. The table given below provides the complete salary history of Messi with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi Endorsement Deals
With massive annual salary, Messi is one of the highest paid footballer of the world but he earns more than this outside the filed in terms of his profitable deals with many multi-national brands like Pepsi, Adidas, EA Sports and Samsung. Messi is also having huge endorsement deals with many other domestic brands. He is earning around $24 million annually with his Adidas contract whereas he is taking around $5 to$8 millions with his other endorsement contracts.