The Argentine footballer and 2022 highest-paid athlete is no one else but Lionel Messi, and he has an estimated net worth of $620 million.
Lionel Messi Biography and Net Worth
Lionel Messi Biography and Early Life
Lionel Andres Messi, otherwise known as Lionel Messi, was born on the 24th of June, 1987 in Argentina.
As a kid, he loved playing football so much that his whole life revolved around it. At age six, he played for a local football club.
Even at his ninth age, Messi’s possession skills grew so that while on the pitch, opponents find it hard to collect the ball from him for like 15 minutes.
At age 13, Messi began playing football at the Barcelona youth academy.
Growing up, Messi had an abnormality in his health. He had a hormonal deficiency that stopped his growth when he was 11.
This was when his football skills paid off for him. Barcelona FC admired his skill and decided to foot his medical bills in Spain.
Lionel Messi Career and Net Worth
Lionel Messi has built himself a football career so that his name is an inspiration to young footballers.
At the age of 16, he was signed by Barcelona FC after years of training at the Barcelona youth academy.He rose to stardom when he broke the record for scoring a goal at a very young age.
He didn’t relent in trying to be better, despite how good he was. Messi then became the all-time leading scorer for Barcelona FC.
He has achieved a lot of heights. Messi led his national team to an under-20 World Cup title. His football club won the 2009 Champions League, La Liga, and Spanish Super Cup titles in 2009.
In Messi’s football season, he recorded about 36 goals in about 30 games. This attracted the attention of football analysts and professionals.
He’s had some drawbacks owing to injuries, but he’s still kicking and possessing balls. In his six years with Barcelona, he scored around 500 goals.
Messi is charitable. He owns the Leo Messi Foundation, which is based mainly on children. The foundation provides children with the best educational and health opportunities.
Messi’s foundation collaborated with Herbal-life to help foot the medical bills of physically challenged kids.
Messi scored his 100th Champions League goal in March 2022. His teamwork has led Barcelona FC to the quarter-finals eleven consecutive times.
Messi’s source of wealth is from brand endorsements and football salaries. He’s currently the highest-paid athlete in the world.
Messi has signed over 40 endorsement deals, including with non-profit organisations including UNICEF and the Red Cross.
He has earned over $30 million from endorsements, with half of it coming from the German sportswear giant.
Messi has won a lot of achievements and honors, as listed below
- FIFA Ballon D’Or for the year 2009,2010,2011,2012,2015.
- European golden Shoe
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball
- FIFA world player of the year
- UEFA club Footballer of the year and many more.
- IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Scorer (2012, 2013, 2017)
- FIFA Club World Cup (Golden Boot) (2011)
- Copa América Best Goal (2007)
- Guinness World Record:
- Top club and country goal scorer in a calendar year (91 goals in 2012).
- FIFA U-20 World Cup 2005
There has been an argument of whether Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Well the two stars are kings in their different world.
Messi is the modern football star and is an inspiration to upcoming