Lionel Messi is the highest-paid athlete on the planet. Here's his net worth and how he makes and spends his millions
19:42, Wednesday, 28 December, 2022
Lionel Messi is the highest-paid athlete on the planet. He took home $130 million between May 2021 and May 2022, according to Forbes. Here's how he makes and spends that money. Messi makes a ton of money on the field.
According to Forbes, Messi took home an astonishing $75 million in on-field earnings over the last year – more than any other sportsperson on the planet.
His Paris Saint-Germain salary alone is worth $35 million annually, which means he earns $738,000 a week, or $105,000 a day, or $8,790 per hour.
The Argentine also pocketed a tidy $25 million joining fee when he signed for the French team last summer, reported the Evening Standard.
But he also earns a lot off it.
Messi's off-field earnings of $55 million over the last year can only be topped by tennis icon Roger Federer and NBA superstar LeBron James.
On top of a $20 million-a-year partnership with cryptocurrency "fan token" platform Socios, the 35-year-old's endorsement portfolio includes deals with Adidas, Budweiser, and PepsiCo.
Last June, he also became Hard Rock International's first ever athlete brand ambassador.
His net worth is an eye-watering $600 million.
In total, he's earned over $1 billion during his career.
According to Forbes, Messi has earned $1.15 billion during his career on-and-off the field.
Only three currently active athletes – LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Tiger Woods – have ever earned more.
Only two other current athletes – Roger Federer and Floyd Mayweather – other than those mentioned above have ever surpassed $1 billion in career earnings, according to Forbes.