Lionel Messi has been the Catalans’ talisman for almost a decade now and has been wearing the number 10 jersey since the great Ronaldinho departed the club after winning the 2nd ever Champions league trophy for FC Barcelona. He has been living up to the expectations and has proved himself to be the best in the world. FC Barcelona is paying back him well for his loyalty and services. Lionel Messi salary and endorsements make him the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world. Moreover, Lionel Messi net worth of $350 million makes him one of the richest athletes ever.
According to The Forbes, Lionel Messi has been the second highest earner, not among the football players only. But also among the list of highest earning athletes in the world. He is only second to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi is far better than Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, but he couldn’t out do the Portuguese in terms of annual earnings in 2016. Cristiano earned $88 million which is approximate $7 million more than the Argentine’s.
According to several sources, Lionel Messi earned a total of $53.4 million. Which is actually the 65% of his annual income. Apart from the $30 million that he received due to his contract, Messi got several bonuses from the club as he won La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and several other individual honors. Although he lost UEFA Champions league quarter-final and Copa America final,2016 was indeed a decent year for Lionel Messi in terms of football. He secured a domestic double and formed a deadly partnership with Luis Suarez. This partnership was crucial for FC Barcelona to win La Liga.
Who wouldn’t want their brand to be promoted by the greatest player of all time? Everyone would want to, but not all can afford him. Lionel Messi has endorsement deals with a number of big companies in the world. He is sponsored by Adidas, the rival of the sponsor of Lionel’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Adidas and Messi has a 7-year contract worth $140 million. Apart from Adidas, Messi is also associated with a number of big names like Pepsi, Lays, Dolce and Gabbana, and Air Europa. The Barcelona man earned approximately $28.1 million which is approximately 35% of his overall earning.
In short, he is super rich. Want to live his life?