Argentina megastar Lionel Messi joined mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, in what was a headline busting transfer from Barcelona. The move came about primarily due to financial problems at the Catalan club, something, as you’ll be enlightened on further below, that the footballer himself does not suffer from.
Let’s get down to numbers. It is believed that Messi’s net worth is around $600 million and, understandably, most of that has been grown during his long and distinguished career at FC Barcelona, although it has certainly not been harmed by the PSG switch.
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In an attempt to remunerate arguably the greatest player ever to have graced The Beautiful Game, Barça laid out an annual salary of $168 million on the table for Messi’s 2017 contract renewal. As the club’s finances went down the pan, and performances on the pitch followed, a Parisian challenge awaited the famous number 10 and with that came a deal that handed him $150 million over two seasons, before tax. There is also an option to stay for a third campaign.
Of course, his salary haul is topped up with what he receives for endorsements. At the Spanish giants this saw him earn around $40 million per year and this continues at PSG with him pulling in money from a variety of other sources. His personal deal with Adidas has paid him well, and then there are playing bonuses, shirt sales, video game appearances, and other opportunities that are offered to such a well-known sports star.
Property is obviously also part of the overall worth of the Argentine legend and we are aware of three particular homes that Messi owns. In Miami he has a condo which is said cost him $5 million in 2019 and, needing more space, he then bought up a whole floor of a different building in the city, the ninth to be specific, two years later. That set him back over $7 million. In Barcelona, back in 2009, he purchased a place in the lovely area of Pedrables for $2 million and then got a little work done to it. Those refurbishments bumped up the value to an estimated $8-9 million.
It’s worth noting too that during the covid-19 pandemic, Messi, along with his teammates, agreed to giving up 70% of their salaries so that no other workers at Barça lost out.
Messi’s PSG salary mentioned above puts him in the highest pay bracket in the squad alongside Neymar.
The Brazilian, who played alongside Messi at Barça between 2013 and 2017, is said to earn around 36 million euros gross per year – some way ahead of the Parisians’ third-best paid player, Mbappé, who pockets an annual wage thought to be in the region of 25 million euros.
Messi’s former LaLiga rival Sergio Ramos, who left Real Madrid for PSG on a free transfer in July, is reported to be on a yearly after-tax salary of 21 million euros in Paris.
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