Lionel Messi is a Barcelona forward and the Argentina national team player and also their captain. Today Messi can only compete with Ronaldo for the best player in the world position and the greatest of all time.
His prowess in the game has made him to be world’s highest paid footballer between 2009 and 2014 and today he is the second highest paid player banking around £500,000 a week. To know more about the legend Leonel Messi net worth as of now in 2018 let’s have a look at his biography.
Lionel Messi Biography
Lionel Andres Messi is the son of Jorge Messi and Celia Cuccittini who gave birth to him in 1987 in Rosario Argentina he is the third child among the four siblings. Messi developed passion for football at a very young age where at age of 4 he joined club Grandoli, and at the age of 6 he joined Rosalia club. His football future was at stake when he developed growth hormone deficiency. Barcelona signed him in 2001 and footed his medical bill as he joined Barcelona youth academy. During his youth years he played along Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas. During his years in the youth team he was the top scorer and won several Spanish and Catalan cups. Messi has been dating Antonella Roccuzzo whom she knows since she was five years old as she is a cousin to his childhood friend. Together the couple have two sons and they married in June 2017 at Rosario and on October they announced they are expecting their third born 2017.
Messi Joined the first team Barcelona in November 2003 in the 75th minute against Porto when he was just 16 years old. He would then train with Barcelona B and on several occasions train with the first team. He signed his first professional contract in 2004 which had a buyout clause of €30 million, then after signed a buyout clause of €80 million when he joined Barcelona B.
Messi joined Barcelona senior team in 2005 where he signed €150 million buyout clause contract. He has stayed with the team since then and played so far 13 la Liga seasons. He recently signed a buyout clause €700 million which will keep him in the club till 2021.
On his international career since he has a dual Argentina and Spanish citizenship he was eligible to play for any national team of his choice but he chooses Argentine. He is the captain of argentine football national team
Awards & Achievements: Messi is the most awarded player in Argentina and in Barcelona as well and perhaps in the world too. As of December 2017 he has been awarded with 5 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, 4 European Golden Shoes, 8 la Liga titles, 5 Copas del Rey, 4 UEFA Champions League,1 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball , 2 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, 4 World Soccer World Player of the Year, 3 Onze d’Or, 6 time La Liga Best Player, 7 time La Liga Best Forward, 10 time Argentine Footballer of the Year, and dozens of other awards.
How much is net worth of Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi net worth currently stands at $350 million as of the date of writing. His net worth has been as a result of two incoming streams that’s a hefty salary package by Barcelona and endorsement deals since he is the leading brand endorser. Today Messi is the best paid player in La Liga and the second highest paid player in Europe. recently he signed a deal with Barcelona that will see him earn around £500,000 (€565,000) a week until 2021. In 2016 that he made around $81 million and nearly half of this money is derived from endorsements since he is the world’s most marketable athlete. Leonel Messi net worth usually receives a boost from company’s such as Adidas, Turkish Airline, Audemars Piguet, Samsung, Pepsi, Herbalife, Konami, EA Sports, Gillette, Tata Motors, Dolce & Gabbana among others.
8 Facts You Need To Know About Lionel Messi
No one can dispute the fact that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and the greatest of all time. he has done what no other man has ever been able to by becoming the highest goal scorer in Barcelona and in La Liga, most consecutive Ballons d’Or, only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball and many other records. However, what that thing that you don’t know about Lionel Messi? Here are 8 interesting things you didn’t know about Lionel Messi.
1. Do you know Messi first contract is written on a paper napkin and preserved in a protective frame. This happened when he impressed Barcelona technical secretary who signed him on the spot and the only paper available at the moment there was a paper napkin.
2. When he was young he used to suffer from growth hormone deficiency.
3. His all-time favorite meal is Napolitana. This is an Argentina made dish which comprises of spices, cheese, tomatoes and onions.
4. He loved Coke to an extent the vending machine had to be removed from the premises by the order of Barcelona Manager since Messi was the single most frequent user. To date he still loves coke even though he has a contract with Pepsi.
5. Though he made his way to Catalan at the age of 13 he doesn’t speak Catalan so much but he does when he is drunk or after winning a championship.
6. He was once offered a chance to play for the Spanish national team but the love of Argentina his motherland prevented him to do so.
7. Messi is not the talkative kind of a guy as he is rumored to be very quiet.
8. He goes by the nickname “La Pulga”. Which means The Flea.
Looking at Lionel Messi net worth and what he is earning in a week, you will agree with me that he is definitely the world’s best player and without a dispute the greatest of all time. since he signed a contract to be with Barcelona until 2021 definitely by then his net worth figures will have reached a billion mark but let’s wait till then.