Lionel Messi is among the pantheon of the greatest players in history and his remarkable net worth and earnings over the years reflect his unparalleled career success.
In nearly two decades as a professional athlete, Lionel Messi has represented Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and now Inter Miami.
In its latest rankings published last year, Forbes ranked the Argentina Captain as the 2nd highest-paid athlete in the world behind only arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, a testament to both players’ success on the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the top-rated global superstar in 2023 with total earnings of $136 million, compared to Lionel Messi’s estimated $130 million.
Off the pitch, Lionel Messi has ventured into business with his own clothing line and boasts a long-standing partnership with Adidas.
Lionel Messi net worth
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi earned an astronomical $65 million on the field in 2023, surpassing almost every other soccer player worldwide.
His annual salary at Inter Miami is an impressive $20,446,667, according to the AP. That translates to approximately $393,000 per week or $56,000 per day from his tenure with the Major League Soccer club.
Notably, those numbers don’t include any additional income from his signing bonus and equity in the team, which could potentially add up to a staggering $150 million over a 2.5-year period, according to Sportico.
Additionally, his move to the US reportedly came with lucrative incentives from MLS partners Adidas and Apple TV. As a result, his total income is estimated at $200 million.
His net worth is estimated at $600 million, according to Forbes.
Lionel Messi’s contract runs until the end of the 2025 MLS season, but there is an option to extend it for another year. Miami is set to compensate Messi in the range of $50 million to $60 million per year.