New Delhi: The name Lionel Messi does not need to be introduced. He is one of the biggest names in the world of football. Messi’s expolits are known to most people. He continued to rule the world with his mercurial game. He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker and captain of both the Argentine national team and the Spanish club Barcelona.
Messi first grew up in Argentina. He moved to Spain at the age of 13. Messi was able to win a record six Ballon d’Or, a record six European Golden Shoes. While playing for the Barcelona club, he inherited the number 10 jersey from the legendary Ronaldinho. There is no doubt that its exhibits are phenomenal. In fact, he’s also featured in the debates for GOAT
Messi’s successful career has made him a household name and a big brand. He is one of the highest paid athletes in the world. According to Forbes, Messi’s net worth is around £ 309million or $ 400million. He earns an annual salary of $ 34 million + bonuses and earnings.
As Messi is one of the most famous footballers in the world, he is one of the most approached athletes for mentions. Messi earns a lot of money thanks to endorsements. Its main sponsorship deals include Pepsi, Adidas, Dolce & Gabbana, Air Europa and Gatorade. Adidas has signed with Messi for a lifetime contract. He is also the global brand ambassador for Tata Morors. He also signed an agreement with Chinese mobile phone company Huawei.
Although he leads a simple life with his family, Messi is also known for his extravagant investments. He owns two luxury homes in Barcelona and one in his home country, Argentina. One of its houses is located on the picturesque Mediterranean coast on the outskirts of Barcelona, in Castelldefels. The house has large panoramic windows. Messi’s second home in Barcelona is called “One-Zero Eco House”. The appearance of the house is such that it looks like a soccer ball on a soccer field. People say the cost of the house is around seven million euros.
Not only houses, Messi has a big fondness for luxury cars. It has cars from almost all of the major car manufacturing companies. He owns cars from companies like Maserati, Ferrari, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, Chrysler, Toyota, Dodge, Cadillac and Range Rover. But it’s not that all the cars were bought by him. Many of them were given to him by the sponsors. He had also bought an expensive 335 S Spider Scaglietti worth $ 35.5 million.
Messi is also involved in many charities. He reportedly made a whopping $ 1.1 million donation for a hospital clinic in Catalonia and a health center in Argentina during the Covid-19 pandemic. His Leo Messi Foundation provides donations and helps a wide range of charities. In 2019, the Leo Messi Foundation donated $ 218,000 to UNICEF projects in Kenya. Previously, he was part of the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with David Beckham and Shakira. As a UNICEF Ambassador, he worked in areas affected by natural disasters, poverty and disease.
The CitySpidey team wishes Lionel Messi a happy 34th birthday!