The greatest to ever play the game. He’s known as the atomic flea or the god of football. Praised by many and feared by all. Born in Argentina, Rosario on 24th of June. His football is like music composed of a God made tune. Founded by an analytical Spanish scout. He’s one person we will tell our grandkids about. He passes through defenders like an insect. The one and only, Lionel Messi!
About Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He moved to Spain at the young age of 13 when the FC Barcelona club agreed to pay for his hormonal deficiency treatments. In his new country, Messi became a star, leading his club FC Barcelona to the top of the European football with numerous UEFA Champions League (often shortened to UCL) trophies in their bags.
Messi Net worth
Argentinian born professional footballer and often considered to be the god of football, Messi net worth is of $340 million (three hundred forty million dollars). Lionel Messi net worth comes from both his national team and club team. He plays as the striker and winger of the Spanish club, FC Barcelona and the Argentina National Team. He is also the current Captain of his national team of Argentina.
At a very young age of 16, he played his very first major football match. This match was against FC Porto for FC Barcelona’s B team in third division of La Liga Santander. He was easily picked from the B team to play for FC Barcelona’s A team or we can say senior team. At the age of 17, he was called for the La Liga debut. He made his debut against fellow Spanish Club in a Catalan Derby against RCD Espanyol becoming the third youngest player ever to play for FC Barcelona Senior Team. Also he became the youngest player ever to score a goal for FC Barcelona. Now this was the start for this young lad. No one knew at this stage that this short heighted lad will become the king of football and set many records against his name.
During the season of 2005 – 2006, playing for FC Barcelona, Messi began being paid as a first team (A Team) member. While he started playing for FC Barcelona he also earned the citizenship of Spain. This citizenship also makes him valid to play in European Union often shortened to EU. In the same season, he also made his debut in the Spanish First Division League. At Camp Nou back in 2005, when he scored his first goal assisted by legendary Ronaldinho, he received a standing ovation from the home crowd. Ronaldinho picked Lionel Messi up on his shoulders after he scored his very first goal. Out of his seventeen La Liga appearances he made during the season of 2005 – 2006, he scored six goals. This is considered not a very brilliant start but was an okay for a young guy who has begun his career promising him a bright future ahead. This bright future became a legacy in Football and is expected to be continued for some more years as he just turned 30, but his career will be remembered forever.
In the next season i.e. 2006 – 2007, he continued playing for FC Barcelona and started improving his game play by getting adjusted in the Spanish Club’s strategic techniques. This wasn’t a very good beginning of his season as he was injured with a broken metatarsal. This injury took away many months from his play. It took him total of three months to heal and get back to the field. Messi made his return to Football game against fellow La Liga team Racing Santander after resting at bench for the most time of the match. He was used as a second hand substitute in this game. This season also bring the value to Messi Net Worth when in the later March he scored a hattrick in El Clasico match becoming the first player to do since Ivan Zamorano in La Liga. El Clasico is the football match between two arch rivals in history of Spanish Football, the FC Barcelona and the Real Madrid CF.
Lionel Messi’s salary
Without any doubt and also statistically, Lionel Messi is the highest paid football player in the world. Messi Net Worth is mentioned to be $340 Million and his annual salary is of $44.70 Million. From his endorsements he also earns an additional income of $40 Million regularly on annual basis.
If we talk about the international career of Lionel Messi playing as the right forward and winger for Argentina National Football Team, he has won the Golden Shoe and the Golden Ball. He made his national debut in a Copa America when Argentina thrashed United States National Football Team by 4-1. His second game was against Colombia in which Argentina defeated them by 4-2. This tournament ended up with Argentina losing to Brazil in the finals of Copa America. After that he went on to play in the World Cup representing Argentina and also in same year Summer Olympic Games. As a national player he earned a lot of success and acquired many awards and honors for his performances on the international stage.
If we talk about Messi Net Worth and his salary, he has earned so much above all the other players. If Messi was to really shock world of football and go to China to play in Chinese Super League like many other legendary players. He could even bag more than Carlos Tevez’s incredible £615,000 a week. Also he has an option of going to United States like David Beckham and many other footballers earning a good loads of US Dollars by playing in Major League Soccer for any rich club such Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy). Messi being loyal to Catalan club has decided to stay in FC Barcelona till 2022 as renewed his football contract with them recently.
Sponsorships adding to the Messi Net Worth
Many sponsorships add to the Messi net worth. Lionel Messi’s many deals are too numerous but most significant deal is with the makers of his boots. Messi and Ronaldo’s rivalry is not only on the field but is also off the field when it continues in the battle between Nike (Cristiano Ronaldo) and Adidas (Messi).
Messi’s sponsorship with Adidas is considered to be the lifelong deal according to the reports from Spain. He has also been part of prominent campaigns with Gillette, Pepsi and Turkish Airlines. Messi Net Worth for his endorsements as reported by Forbes Magazine in the end of 2016 have been valued at $28 Million.
Achievements as a footballer.
Many achievements are on the list adding to the Messi Net Worth setting him as a role model.
– Only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record tying four European Golden Shoes.
– Won 29 trophies with FC Barcelona, including eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and five Copas del Rey.
– Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (349), a La Liga season (50) and a club football season in Europe (73)
– Messi also holds the record for most assists made in La Liga (137) and the Copa América (11).
– He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.