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How Lionel Messi – The Player Who Has Just Won His 7th Ballon d’Or – Makes Money

More than just a soccer star, Lionel Messi is also one of the world’s best-paid athletes.

Besides income from football and advertising, the 34-year-old striker also has his own fashion brand and hotel business.

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The Ballon d’Or 2021 awards ceremony took place November 29th at the Chatelet Theater in Paris, France.

The “Golden Ball 2021” – Best male player of the year – the most anticipated award went to Lionel Messi.

This is also the 7th time the Argentine superstar has won this title.

Messi is also one of the top athletes in the world in terms of earnings besides being a football star.

Impressive income figures

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According to Forbes’ rankings, this 1987-born striker is the highest-paid football player in 2020 with $126 million, including $92 million from salary, bonus and $34 million from advertisement contracts and brand ambassadorship.

The “enormous” income in 2020 also makes Messi the 2nd player to reach $1 billion total income before tax in his career, after Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Forbes.

In May, Forbes continued to publish the list of athletes who have earned the most money in the past 12 months.

Lionel Messi ranked second, behind Irish boxer Conor McGregor. McGregor earned $180 million while the Argentinian star earned $130 million. Cristiano Ronaldo ranked third with $120 million.

$124 million contract?

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After many years playing for Barcelona, ​​in August, Messi joined the wealthy French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) with a 2-year contract, which can be extended for another year.

In September, L’Equipe newspaper revealed details about Messi’s contract salary at PSG on the front page. Accordingly, the player with the number 30 shirt is expected to receive $124 million for a 3-year contract at the Parc des Princes.

However, after less than 24 hours, PSG sporting director Leonardo denied the information L’Equipe posted, “There are terms that must be kept confidential. But I can confirm the contract term L’Equipe offered is incorrect.”

“I don’t understand why they are posting this information now. It is too far from reality. The contract period is 2 years and there is no provision to extend to the 3rd year,” shared Leonardo.

Leonardo’s criticism of L’Equipe makes the details of the contract the Argentine superstar received at PSG even more mysterious.

A salary of about €30 million/season may be accurate information. This is an income that can be considered equivalent to the salary Messi will receive if he stays at Barca.

How Messi makes money through other activities

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With 285 million followers on Instagram, Lionel Messi is in the Top 10 people who make the most money per post on this social network.

The value of each post of the Argentine striker is about $1.16 million.

The 34-year-old player is sought after by many world-famous brands. One of Messi’s biggest advertising deals is with Adidas.

In 2017, this star signed a lifetime contract with the famous German sports fashion brand. In addition, Messi also advertises for Pepsi, Gatorade, Lays…

Not only signing many million-dollar contracts with brands, Messi also has his own fashion brand.

He collaborated with the design company of Ginny Hilfiger (sister of famous designer Tommy Hilfiger) to launch Messi fashion brand and sell it at the store in Barcelona as well as the website The Messi Store.

In 2017, Messi also entered the hotel industry when he bought the 4-star MiM Sitges hotel of a seaside resort near Barcelona for more than 33 million USD.

In recent years, Messi has continued to buy resorts in the islands of Majorca and Ibiza, Spain.

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