Lionel Messi's Net Worth as of May 2023 is
Lionel Messi is a football player for the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the captain of the Argentina national team. He is known as one of the greatest football players in the world because he has set records for goals scored and won individual awards.
Messi moved from Argentina to Spain when he was 13 because FC Barcelona agreed to pay for his medical care.
There, he became known as one of the best players in history and helped his team win more than two dozen tournaments and league titles. In 2012, he set a record for the most goals scored in a calendar year, and in 2019, he won Europe’s Ballon d’Or for the sixth time.
Lionel Messi’s Salary
Lionel Messi earns $801.6K per week, $41.6 million per year playing for Paris Saint-Germain. His current contract expires on June 30, 2023.
|Year||Weekly Wage||Yearly Salary||Club||Position||League||Age||Contract Expiry|
|2022||£670,000||£34,840,000||PSG||AM RC, F C||Ligue 1||35||30-06-2023|
|2021||£1,000,000||£52,000,000||PSG||AM RC, F C||Ligue 1||34||30-06-2023|
|2020||£1,000,000||£52,000,000||Barcelona||AM, ST||La Liga||33||30-06-2021|
|2019||£1,000,000||£52,000,000||Barcelona||AM RC, F C||La Liga||32||30-06-2021|
|2018||£1,000,000||£52,000,000||Barcelona||AM RC, F C||La Liga||31||30-06-2021|
|2017||£686,000||£35,672,000||Barcelona||AM RC, F C||La Liga||30||30-06-2021|
|2016||£663,000||£34,476,000||Barcelona||AM RC, F C||La Liga||29||29-06-2018|
|2015||£493,000||£25,636,000||F.C. Barcelona||AM RC, F C||LIGA BBVA||28||29-06-2018|
|2014||£513,000||£26,676,000||F.C. Barcelona||AM RC, F C||LIGA BBVA||27||29-06-2018|
|Ferrari F430 Spider||$239K|
|Pagani Zonda Tricolore||$1.1 million|
|Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale||$155.5K|
|Lionel Messi’s Home||$2 million|
|Hotel in Sitges, Catalonia||$30.5 million|
|Oceanfront condo in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami||$5 million|
|Owns an Entire ninth floor of the Regalia, a modern 39-story Saint Isles Beach||$7.3 million|
|Ibiza mansion||$11.18 million|
He was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24, 1987. Messi played football with his brothers and their friends when he was young. He wasn’t scared of the bigger boys. At age 8, he was asked to join the youth program of the Rosario-based club Newell’s Old Boys.
Messi was clearly smaller than most kids his age, and doctors eventually figured out that he had a lack of a hormone that kept him from growing. Jorge and Ceclia, Messi’s parents, decided that their son should get growth hormone injections every night, but it soon became impossible for them to pay the several hundred dollars per month for the medicine.
So, when Messi was 13, the soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona offered him the chance to train at their youth academy, La Masia, and pay for his medical bills. Messi’s family packed up and moved to Spain to start a new life. Even though he missed his old country a lot when he moved to a new one, Messi moved quickly through the junior ranks.
Messi is only 5 feet 7 inches tall, which, along with his speed and constant attacking style, has led people to compare him to Diego Maradona, another famous Argentine footballer.
Messi played his first game for FC Barcelona when he was 16 years old. On May 1, 2005, he scored a goal for the team, making him the youngest player to ever do so. In the same year, he helped Argentina win the under-20 World Cup by scoring two goals from the penalty spot to beat Nigeria.
Messi led Barcelona to a lot of success, especially in 2009, when the left-footed player’s team won the Champions League, La Liga, and Spanish Super Cup. After coming in second place for two years in a row, he won his first FIFA “World Player of the Year”/Ballon d’Or award that same year.
Even Maradona spoke very highly of his fellow countryman. “I see a lot of myself in him,” the former player told the BBC. “He is in charge and gives lessons on how to play beautiful football. He has something that no one else in the world does.”
Amazingly, the soccer genius kept getting better, finding new ways to get past defenders and help Barcelona win La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup in 2010 and 2011 and the Champions League in 2011.
In 2012, Messi made a full-on attack on the record books. In early March, he was the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game. A few weeks later, he broke Cesar Rodriguez’s club record of 232 goals to become Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer.
By the end of 2012, Messi had scored an amazing 91 goals for his club and for his country. This was more than the 85 goals that Gerd Muller scored in a single calendar year in 1972. In January 2013, when he won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the fourth time, it was only right that he set another record.
Injuries to his hamstrings slowed the soccer star down a bit that year, but he got back to breaking records by becoming the all-time leading scorer in La Liga and Champions League play in late 2014.
In 2015, he was given his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy for helping Barcelona win a historic second treble. After winning another La Liga title four years later, Messi again set a new standard for greatness by winning his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Criticism for Argentina National Team Performance
Even though Messi has done well with Barcelona, he has been criticized for not being able to help Argentina win a major title. He did lead “La Albiceleste” to the 2014 World Cup final, but they lost to Germany. He was named player of the tournament, though.
In 2016, after Argentina lost to Chile in the final of the Copa America for the second time in a row, Messi said he was done with the national team.
The great soccer player changed his mind in the end, but his participation in the 2018 World Cup did not bring him that elusive title, as he had hoped. Messi scored early in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria, which got them out of the group stage. However, France mostly held him in check, and his two assists weren’t enough to stop Argentina’s 4-3 loss to France, which sent them home.
The South American Football Confederation banned Messi for three games the following year after he criticized the referees after Argentina lost 2-0 to Brazil in the Copa America semifinals.
Lionel Messi Fact Card Tax Fraud Scandal
Messi was hurt off the field in July 2016 when a court in Barcelona found him and his father guilty of three counts of tax fraud. During a four-day trial, Messi and his father said they had not broken the law and didn’t know about any tax crimes that had been done.
They were both given 21 months in prison, though. Under Spanish law, people who break the law for the first time within two years don’t go to jail, but Messi had to pay a fine of 2 million euros. The judge told his father to pay 1.5 million euros.
Who is Lionel Messi’s Wife?
Messi got married to Antonella Roccuzzo on June 30, 2017. She had been his girlfriend for a long time and was also the cousin of his best friend and fellow soccer player, Lucas Scaglia. Messi and Roccuzzo have three kids together: Thiago, born in November 2012, Mateo, born in September 2015, and Ciro, born in March 2018.
Messi met Roccuzzo when he was 5 years old. They lived in the same town, Rosario. The civil ceremony where they got married was called the “wedding of the century” by Argentina’s Clarn newspaper. It took place at a luxury hotel in Rosario, and many other famous soccer players and Colombian pop star Shakira were among the 260 guests.
Charity and UNICEF
Messi is known for being private off the field, but he has helped people in need without anyone knowing. In 2007, he started the Leo Messi Foundation to help young people who are struggling with poverty.