New Delhi: The name Lionel Messi needs no introduction. It is one of the biggest names in Football world. Messi's expolits are known to most of the people. He has continued to rule the world with his mercurial game. He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Argentina national team and Spanish club Barcelona.
Messi was initially raised in Argentina. He moved to Spain when he was 13 years old. Messi was able to win a record six Ballon d'Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes. While playing for club Barcelona, he inherited the jersey number 10 from the legendary Ronaldinho. There is no doubt that his expolits are phenomenal. In fact, he also features in debates for G.O.A.T.
Messi's successful career has made him a household name and a great brand. He is among the highest paid athletes in the world. As per Forbes, Messi's net worth is approximately £309 million or $400 million. He is paid a yearly salary of $34 million + bonuses and winnings.
As Messi is one of the most famous footballers in the world, he is one of the most approached athletes for endorsements. Messi earns a lot of money through endorsements. His prominent sponsorship deals include Pepsi, Adidas, Dolce & Gabbana, Air Europa, and Gatorade. Adidas has signed Messi for lifelong deal. He is also the global brand ambassador of Tata Morors. He has also signed a deal with Chinese mobile company Huawei.
Despite leading a simple life with his family, Messi is also known for his extravagant investments. He has two luxurious houses in Barcelona and one in his home country Argentina. One of his houses is located at scenic Mediterranean coast in suburbs of Barcelona, Castelldefels. The house has large panoramic windows. Messi's second house in Barcelona is called 'One-Zero Eco House'. The look of the house is such that it come across as a soccer ball on a football field. People say that the cost of the house is around seven million euros.
Not only houses, Messi has a great penchant for luxurious cars. He has cars from almost all top car manufacturing companies. He owns cars from companies like Maserati, Ferrari, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Chrysler, Toyota, Dodge, Cadillac and Range Rover. But it is not that all the cars were bought by him. Many of them were gifted to him by the sponsors. He had also bought an expensive 335 S Spider Scaglietti which is worth $35.5 million.
Messi is also involved in a lot of charity works. He had reportedly made a whopping donation of $1.1 million for a hospital clinic in Catalunya and a health centre in Argentina during the Covid-19 pandemic. His Leo Messi Foundation provides donations and helps for a wide range of charity. In 2019, the Leo Messi Foundation donated $218,000 to UNICEF projects in Kenya. Earlier, he was included in UNICEF's Goodwill ambassador along with David Beckham and Shakira. As an UNICEF ambassador, he has worked in the areas affected by natural disasters, poverty and disease.
The team of CitySpidey wishes Lionel Messi a 34th happy birthday!