Lionel Messi Net Worth 2021: How much does Lionel Messi make in a year?

In this article, Sportco uncovers the net worth of Lionel Messi in 2021 which would include his salary from club, endorsements, investments, brands, and philanthropy.

Today's athletes don't just rely on their big fat pay package that they draw from their employers (clubs). Most top athletes have an entourage of financial advisors, investment consultants, PR team, and managers to manage and diversify their portfolio of wealth.  

The PSG forward is the greatest of all time and one of the wealthiest athletes in the world, which is why Lionel Messi commands a net worth of a massive 400 million USD in 2021. 

In terms of the exact amount in Pounds or Euros, Messi had a net worth of around £291M or €338M at the start of the 2021 year. Messi is the second-highest earner after Ronaldo, with his PSG teammate, Neymar occupying the third position.  

NameLionel Messi
Net worth in 2021Appx. £309 million ($400 million)
Marital statusMarried
SpouseAntonella Roccuzzo 
Source of wealthFootball contracts, endorsement deals, 
Salary£35 million per year
Endorsements  Adidas, Huawei, Gatorade, 
MasterCard, Lay's, Pepsi, 
Hawkers, Ooredoo
Philanthropy  Leo Messi Foundation

Lionel Messi salary at Barcelona and now at PSG: 

During his tenure in Barcelona, Lionel Messi earned a whopping £500,000 ($610k/€565k) a week. Before signing this deal, Messi was estimated to earn around £336,000 ($410k/€397k) a week. 

After his contract leak in 2021, Messi was earning $165 million annually in salary and incentives, and an unmatched figure in team sports. 

After departing Barcelona, Lionel Messi agreed to a deal with PSG on 10th August 2021, where he will earn between €30-35 million which can go up to (£25-£30m) per season during his time at the Ligue 1 side, while there will also be a team and individual bonuses.

Lionel Messi topped the Forbes list in 2019, becoming the richest athlete with total earnings of $127 million surpassing Floyd Mayweather, the boxing icon. However, in 2020 Roger Federer usurp Messi while Ronaldo came second that year. 

What is Leo Messi's earnings through endorsements?

Lionel Messi is tied with several top brands Adidas, Pepsi, Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Anheuser Busch InBev, Gatorade, Hard Rock Cafe, Jacob & Co, and Ooredoo.

With a plethora of sponsorship deals in the Argentine's kitty, Forbes valued Messi's endorsements at $35m (£27m) for that year in total and he was among the top wealthiest athletes. He has his own clothing store as well in Barcelona, in 2021 he earned $33M. 

Leo Messi: The Businessman and Philanthropist 

The former Barcelona no.10 likes investing in properties in his birthplace Rosario, where he has invested in the Azahares del Parana project (a set of gated communities out of the city) as well as an apartment building in the city center. 

As a philanthropist, Messi has his own foundation named Leo Messi Foundation. There he donates a colossal amount of money for children who can't afford education or have one time meal in a day. 

He only donates to trustable charities, and ventures. Having worked with Unicef in 2004, Lionel Messi was appointed as an ambassador of UNICEF in 2010. Since then he is working with the charity and has helped many children during their difficult times. 

How many followers does Messi have on social media?

Lionel Messi is the third most followed person on Instagram after Cristiano Ronaldo and Dwayne Johnson with 247m followers. Messi’s photo with the Copa America trophy 2021 is the most liked photo of an athlete.  

Messi doesn’t use Twitter; however, on Facebook, he has 103m followers. Indeed, Messi has a vast influence on people both off and on the field. 

Hence, Lionel Messi signing for PSG in this summer's transfer window would mean that the Argentine's net worth in 2021 remains at the top of the list of the highest-earning athletes in the world.

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