Lionel Messi Net Worth: On occasion of Barcelona superstar's 34th birthday, a sneak-peak at his earnings
Lionel Messi, unarguably one of the greatest footballers of all time, turns 34 years old today (June 24, 2021). The Argentine superstar has mesmerised fans all over the globe ever since making his debut for Barcelona at the age of 16. While Messi never fails to send chills down the spine of opponents on the football field, off the field, there aren't many who can challenge him either.
Messi, who presently holds one of the most lucrative contracts in club football, is among the wealthiest athletes in the world. Other than drawing a hefty pay package from Barcelona, Messi also has some huge brand endorsement deals.
On the occasion of his 34th birthday, here's a look at Messi's earnings:
As per a report in Goal.com, Messi's current net worth is a little over 300 million pounds which translates to roughly 400 million US Dollars. Other than the Barcelona contract and endorsement deals, Messi also has some investments that earn him huge profits.
When it comes to salaries, the figure that Messi earns is eye-popping. He reportedly has a contract worth GBP 500,000 a week which is due to expire at the end of this month. Before this deal was signed, Messi was earning GBP 336,000.
Among the sponsorship deals, Messi endorses some of the biggest brands in the world. He reportedly signed a lifetime deal with Adidas in 2017 that earns him USD 12 million a year. He also has lucrative deals with Pepsi, Gatorade, Huawei, Mastercard and a number of other top brands. In the 2020-21 season, Messi is said to have earned about USD 33 million just from brand endorsements.
The 34-year-old also has a few other ventures where he has invested. He has reportedly put money in a few properties back home in Argentina. He had also launched a retail outlet, Messi Store, in 2019 in Barcelona.
Social media following also plays a huge role in defining a players' net worth. Earnings through portals like Instagram play a big role in the lives of footballers. On Instagram, Messi has 221 million followers while on Facebook, he has 102 million followers.
Messi also does a lot of charity work through the Lionel Messi Foundation. He was appointed as the brand ambassador of UNICEF in 2010 and has been working with them since 2004.
In a Forbes report released in April 2021, Messi is said to have earned USD 130 million in the last 12 months.