Most athletes make a lot of money, but some make a ridiculous amount of money. Forbes tells us that Lionel Messi earns the second most money of all the athletes in the entire world. In case you were wondering, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo takes the top spot.
Usually when people find out that someone makes a lot of money, there are two questions they want to ask them: How do you make it and how do you spend it? Let’s get to the bottom of both.
First, how much does Messi make?
It was reported that last year Lionel Messi made $81.4 million (all figures listed in are in USD). Not bad for a year’s work…
So how does Messi earn all of his money? The first obvious answer is from his football contract. Next season, Barcelona is set to pay him weekly what most people could only dream of making yearly: $826,500.
Besides football, Messi is smart to take advantage of off-field promotional deals with companies.
Like Adidas (who paid him more than $10 million last year), Gillette, PepsiCo, Tata Motors, and EA, among others. In total, his sponsorship deals added up to roughly $28 million in 2015.
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You’ll likely be surprised to know that if Messi were to leave Barcelona, any team that would try to acquire him would be forced to pay a buyout totalling $340 million.
That’s quite the price tag for one player, but clearly many feel he’s worth it!
Now we’ve learned how Messi earns his money, but how does he spend it?
For the most part, he lives a relatively private and simple life (by an extremely rich person’s standards of course).
While Messi does enjoy his toys.
Like driving around in his Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale which is worth roughly $240,000, he mostly stays out of the media spotlight when not playing football.
He does seem to have a bit of a car fetish though, as it was recently reported that he outbid Cristiano Ronaldo for a 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti and spent approximately 32 million euros on what has become the world’s most expensive car.
Here’s the vehicle Messi purchased for that astronomical price tag.
Messi will also take the occasional private plane home after enjoying a gala in Zurich (Ballon d’Or gala to be precise) as pictured here with his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, but who doesn’t sub a taxi for a private plane from time to time?
He enjoys spending time with his family, like every other normal person, and that includes his two sons, Thiago and Mateo.
He’s also actively involved in charity, which is demonstrated by the fact that he allowed a gold cast of his foot to be made and sold for $5 million for Japanese tsunami relief.
For the most part, Messi doesn’t seem to actively flaunt his lifestyle, even on his social media account, as many other celebrities do.
Although his purchases and activities are very extravagant compared to the average person, unlike rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi is known more as a soccer player than a big personality outside of the sport. He spends the money, but he does it fairly quietly.
Although he is super rich, Messi portrays himself, for the most part, as a humble and private millionaire.
One who simply enjoys his life too much to publicize all the incredible things he does with his money. For that, we applaud him!
Lionel has recently been found guilty for tax fraud. He is not expected to serve any time in jail because prison terms of less than two years can actually be served under probation in Spain.
Messi isn’t completely off the hook though. The millionaire and his father have been found guilty on three accounts of tax fraud and are also facing millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.
Lionel and a few of his family members live in a massive compound just outside of Barcelona. He still owns and maintains his childhood home in Argentina, although no one currently lives there.
He recently paid to have his house designed to look like a football pitch. The main building is in the shape of a football
Messi’s day to day consists of getting up early and having breakfast with his family. The then drops off the kids at school and goes to training. After he’s done training he likes to get back home, eat, take a siesta, drink an herbal drink, then go out.
He tries to do things with his kids so they don’t get bored at home. He lives for his family, especially his kids.
Ever had noisy neighbors? Messi has a great strategy for dealing with this issue.
It’s been reported that Messi actually purchased the house next door because he was fed up with all the noise his neighbors made. He first tried to build a wall to cancel the noise, but his neighbors threatened to report that the wall was too high, so he bought their house instead for about a million euro.
Every once in awhile we actually see a glimpse of Messi’s lavish side. He wore this polka-dot suit to an awards ceremony.
He also got a private meeting with the pope who is actually a huge soccer fan.
Messi loves charity. So much so that he set up his own foundation. He gives a large proportion of his cash to his charity.
The Argentine set up his own Leo Messi Foundation in 2007. The foundation supports vulnerable children and gives them access to education and health care.
Other Great Causes
Messi donated $812,000 towards the refurbishment of a children’s hospital in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina in March 2013.
They used the money to renovate the child oncology unit at the hospital to pay for doctors to travel to Barcelona for better training.
Messi likes to spend his holidays in Ibiza. Because he’s such a private person, he likes to get away from all the attention at times.
He also enjoys spending time in Dubai.
As we mentioned before, Lionel is a big family man.
He likes to spend most of his time and money on family activities with his wife and kids.
Lionel grew up in Rosario, Argentina. His family was of the middle class with Italian origin.
His father worked as a steelworker to make ends meet. He also coached the youth football team, so I guess the football gene was within him as well.
In 2008, Lionel became an Olympic gold medalist. He has won six La Ligas, two Copas Del Rey, Five Supercups, Three UEFA Champion Leagues, two Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups for Barcelona.
Messi won record four times FIFA ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009. Messi has also won three European Golden Shoe awards.
Messi works as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He’s done this for many years.
He also works with people who suffer from Autism.
Since childhood, Messi has been a very shy person. He continues this character train even today.
Messi rarely talks on the phone. Important messages are usually delivered to him via SMS.
Messi’s latest landmark in his career is his tally of scoring 500 goals. He scored his 500th goals in Barcelona’s surprise 201 home defeat by Spanish La Linga rivals Valencia.
500 goals came less than 11 years after scoring his first goal as a 17-year-old senior again Albacete in May 2005.
After being defeated for the third year in a row, Messi says he’s done all he can. He says it hurts too much not to be a champion.
The Argentina forward has decided to retire from the international football team. It was what he wanted the most, but couldn’t get, so he feels it’s over.
On July 5, 2016 reports from Buenos Aires Daily News say that Messi secretly married his long-term relationship.
Recent speculations of the couple say they were set to announce their engagement but instead jumped straight to the wedded bliss. Messi was spotted wearing a new wedding ring.
Although he has yet to reveal a name, Messi has added another member to his family. A pet dog!
The adorable mutt was actually gifted to him by his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo.
Messi is the most paid soccer player in the world after making $27 million per year. He made $41.3 million last year all together.
For a while he was the second most paid soccer player behind his rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel gave up all processed foods in his diet. The change was reported to trigger a Treble-winning season for the millionaire, according to his doctor.
After the season, Messi was rewarded for his discipline with fitness and phenomenal form along with the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League titles.
Messi still doesn’t have an agent. His family owns their own company and takes care of all of his PR.
His father and brother run the company. Pablo Negre was hired by them to take care of Messi’s communication around the world.