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Lionel Messi salary: Know his net worth over the years

Lionel Messi salary at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in France is estimated to be around $41 million or €35 million net annual salary including bonuses. The net worth of the Argentine and Barcelona legend is around $660 million as of 2023.

Lionel Messi fulfilled his lifelong dream by winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina in Qatar and lifting the trophy he wanted the most in his career. Lionel Messi is unquestionably the greatest footballer of his generation and arguably of all time and his consistency and performances on the highest level over the years leave no room for doubt.

Not only is his sporting career a massive success, but he is also one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. In fact, according to a Forbes 2022 report, he is the highest-earning athlete in the world.

But how much does Lionel Messi salary amount to and what are his various on-field and off-field earnings? Let’s find out:

Lionel Messi salary: Paris Saint Germain contract

Net worth$660 million
PSG salary$41 million
Previous Barcelona salary$161 million
Earnings in 2022$130 million
On-field earnings$75 million
Off-field earnings$55 million

The world of football was stunned when it was revealed in 2021 that Lionel Messi would no longer be continuing with Barcelona due to the Catalan club’s financial problems. As a result, he signed a deal with French club Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent. In 2021, Messi had signed a two year-contract with PSG which also included the option of a third year for the Argentine captain.

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The lucrative deal with PSG sees Lionel Messi earning $41 million or €35 million in a year. Messi’s contract with the club also includes various stipulations and bonuses. For instance, he also earns a loyalty bonus worth €15m gross each year if he is still in the squad at the close of the summer transfer window.

A report in Forbes also stated that he could also get a portion of player image rights, including jersey sales, which could potentially bump his annual salary up to the $75 million range. 

Messi’s signing-on fee with PSG in the summer of 2021 also attracted plenty of attention and controversy when it was revealed that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner had been paid partly in cryptocurrency.

The former Barcelona superstar was paid a large amount of PSG crypto fan tokens. It is a form of traded cryptocurrency which allow clubs to generate further revenue. The fans who hold these coins also get the power to vote on a number of typically minor decisions involving their teams.

Lionel Messi salary: Earnings at Barcelona over the years

If Messi’s contract with PSG seems lucrative, his final contract with Barcelona is eye-watering. The Barcelona captain’s contract with the club was controversially leaked at the start of 2021 and the resulting figures sent shockwaves through the world of football. It is believed to be the most lucrative contract in sports history at that time after the report was published in the Barcelona-based daily El Mundo.

Lionel Messi’s last deal with Barcelona was signed in 2017 and the four-year contract was worth up to $650 million if certain objectives were reached. The report even detailed that it provided him with a base salary of $161 million on an annual basis and also included a signing bonus of $135 million. Moreover, Messi’s contract with Barcelona even contained a $91 million-plus loyalty payment.

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The Argentine superstar spent his entire professional career with Barcelona but his contract came to an end on June 30, 2021. Although both Messi and the club were keen on extending the deal, it eventually wasn’t possible because of Barcelona’s poor financial condition and the stringent rules around Financial Fair Play (FFP) in Spain.

In a statement, the club said, “Despite having reached an agreement between Barça and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it will not be possible to formalize due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations)”.

Lionel Messi net worth

While it is difficult to place any athlete’s true net worth, sources suggest that Lionel Messi’s net worth by the end of 2022 is estimated to be $660 million. It makes him the richest athlete in the world.

In fact, Messi topped the rankings of the highest paid athletes in the world in 2019 and 2021 and was third in 2020. He was the highest gainer in football last year as well, finishing ahead of basketball legend LeBron James in second and fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in third.

He has made more than $130 million in 2022 of which $75 million came through sports and $55 million were from off-the-field earnings which put him at the top of the wealth pyramid in football.

Lionel Messi salary: Earnings from endorsements and sponsorships

In recent years, most of Lionel Messi’s salary and net worth have actually come from endorsements and sponsorships deals. Since 2006, he has been the leading man for German sports goods manufacturer Adidas and the brand features him prominently in their product and marketing campaigns.

Messi has also been sponsored by Pepsi since the beginning of his career and he also has a strong partnership with Gatorade. He has also been part of prominent marketing campaigns with Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Lays, Tata Motors, Byju’s, SikSilk, Leafty, Jacob & Co. etc.

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In March 2022, he partnered with Budweiser for a special Messi edition beer which was also sent to the goalkeepers he had scored goals against and it created a lot of buzz online.

The same month, he also signed on with crypto fan engagement app Socios that is set to pay him $20 million annually. He has also started dabbling into the world of cryptocurrency and NFTs heavily with his investment in Ethernity, a company that has previously worked with Pele and Luka Modric among others.

In 2019, Messi also opened up his own retail outlet The Messi Store in Barcelona and is slowly expanding his interest into the line of lifestyle and fashion industry.

He also founded a non-profit charity called the Lionel Messi Foundation in 2007. The charity’s website states that they focus on “social actions are focused on each child acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values ​​necessary to forge a sustainable future. We work in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to ‘promote universal primary education’, focusing our help on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and adolescents.”

FAQs

What is Lionel Messi’s net worth in rupees?

Lionel Messi has a net worth of INR 4960 crore.

Who is the world’s best footballer?

Despite being in the twilight years of his career, Lionel Messi is still the world’s best footballer.

Will Lionel Messi continue at PSG in 2023?

Currently, the chances of Lionel Messi continuing at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beyond the 2022/23 season are slim. Apparently, the player wants a move back to FC Barcelona.

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