Lionel Messi is a professional football player. Messi is the captain of Argentina and Spanish club FCB Messi is well known for his ability to dribble, to take penalties. Messi is one of the best football players in the world.
He is also one of the richest football players in the world. In 2017 he signed a contract with FCB (football club Barcelona) that pays a base salary of $80 million, earlier his annual salary was $44.68 million.
Lionel Messi net worth is $400 million
Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina to Jorge and Cecilia Cuccittini. His father worked in a factory and his mother was a part-time cleaner. He developed an interest in football at his early age as he was born in a football-loving family. Messi was born with a growth hormone deficiency and his father could not afford medical treatment for him.
The sporting director of FCB offered to pay his medical bills if he played for FCB youth academy. So his father accepted the offer and moved to Spain. In that season Messi scored 36 goals in 30 games. Later he also joined the “Baby dream team” Barcelona’s greatest collection of young soccer players.
At the age of 17, he made his league debut for FCB and became the third-youngest player to join FCB and also became the youngest player ever to score for a franchise. Messi also got his Spanish citizenship. In 2006, Messi also became the youngest player to play for Argentina in the FIFA World Cup.
On his eighteen birthday,24 June 2005, Messi signed his first contract of five years as a senior team player. During his debut in Spanish First Division League, he played with all-time legend and superstar Ronaldinho.
In 2012, he broke the record of most goals scored by an individual and also became Barcelona’s leading goal scorer. Messi also set a record of most goals in a calendar year.
Messi has been the most valuable player for Barcelona in past years. His efforts for Barcelona made his team reach the quarter-finals for eleven consecutive years.
At the age of 22, Messi won his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 when he was 22, he won Ballon d’Or for three consecutive years. In 2012, in La Liga, he set a record for most goals scored by an individual in a single season. In 2014, he also won the Golden Ball in the FIFA tournament and led Argentina to the finals. Later he announced retirement in 2016 but he reversed his decision. In 2019, he also won his sixth Ballon d’Or.
Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo knew each other when Messi was five years old as Antonella was a cousin of his childhood friend Lucas Scaglia. They grew up together and they started dating when Messi was twenty years old. Messi confirmed their relationship in January 2009. They had their first child in 2012 Thiago, Mateo in 2015, and Ciro in 2018.
On 30 June 2017 Messi and Antonella got married in Hotel City Center in Rosario.
Awards and Achievements
Lionel Messi is one of the most successful players in football history. Messi has broken and created many records in soccer history. Messi has won many awards in his career. Here is the list of some awards.
In 2009, FIFA World Player of the year.
In 2014, the FIFA World Cup Golden ball
Ballon D’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019
In 2015, Copa America Golden Ball
Best Player in FIFA 2019
La Liga best player for six consecutive seasons
The youngest player in Copa America in 2007
Lionel Messi’s net worth is $400 million. Messi’s net worth will increase in the coming years as he is very much popular and he gets many sponsorships, brand endorsements, etc.
Football Club Barcelona (FCB) pays an $80 million salary to Messi per year.
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