- Full Name: Lionel Andres Messi
- Net Worth: $180 Million
- Occupation: Football player, FC Barcelona
- Marital Status: Single
- Ethnicity: Hispanic
Messi Body Statistics:
- Height: 5’6.5” or 169cm
- Weight: 148 pounds or 67kg
- Shoe Size: 10
- Hair Color: Dark brown
- Eye Color: Dark brown
Messi Net Worth – How Wealthy Is The Famous Barcelona Top Striker
Messi net worth is estimated to be $180 million. He has bagged most of his wealth from serving as a winger and striker for FC Barcelona. He also plays for his home team Argentina, during the World Cup. For those who eat, drink and breathe football, the name Messi is a household name. To some the popular football player is an idol. That is why, his net worth is a concern of many , even those who do not fancy football. What is the value of Messi’s wealth today? We have the estimate already but how did he get there? Let’s have a look at his life.
Messi Rise To Stardom
He was born and brought up in Rosario by his loving parents, Celia Maria Messi and Jorge Horacio. His parents did odd jobs, the mother as a janitor whereas the father worked at a nearby steel factory. His forefathers had come from Italy and they settled in Latin America. As you can see, Messi did not grow up in the abundance of milk and honey. On the contrary, his folks had to struggle to eke a living. However, this did not deter him from becoming one of the most celebrated footballers in the world.
At a tender age, Messi began training for what would make him popular in the future and earn him, hundreds of millions. He started his practice in Grand old, a famous local club of the time. His father was the coach of the team. By then, he was just five years. Therefore, this training might not have been an easy ride for the young Lionel Messi but it paid afterward. When he was eight years, he moved to Newell’s Old Boys, yet another popular club in Rosario, his hometown. With Messi as its leader, the team dominated the local league for four years, only to fail only in one match. The team even got the tag “The Machine of 1987”, owing to their admirable performance. The date represented their birthday.
At 11, his football career almost breathed its last. Doctors found out that Messi was suffering from Growth hormone deficiency. Fortunately, as the medics said, the serious condition was treatable, just that the medications were too expensive for his parents to buy. He also did not have enough to pay his medical bills as well. However, fate was in his favor. Actually, Messi owes his career to his relatives in Spain. They are the one who connected him with the director of FC Barcelona. Carles Rexach was very happy with Messi’s skills in football and made no resistance to sign him in the club.
In the contract, Lionel Messi was granted medical treatment. However, it did have a single condition. The boy had to move to Spain, which was acceptable to his family too. His net worth started to rise when he became a team player for FC Barcelona juniors. At the age of 16 years, he played his first match against Porto. A year later, Messi was appointed to play in the league. This made him the third junior player to score in the league, in the history of Barcelona. Then, they defeated RCD Espanyol.
He got the most of his net worth during the season of 2005 to 2006. He was paid highly and at the same time, he became a registered citizen of Spain. He also played for the first time in the league, Spanish First Division. He gained much popularity and got fans from all over the world when he scored in the same league where the renowned striker Ronaldinho was playing. Out of 17 matches, he scored 6 goals. Later on, he scored a goal in the Champions League, after 6 appearances. All these accomplishments increased Messi net worth significantly.
The season of 2006 to 2007 did not end well for Messi. He broke his metatarsal, which forced him to stay out of football world for three consecutive months. He only came back when his team was playing with Racing Santander, but as a substitute. In this season, he managed to score a hat trick on Real Madrid. He became the first player to do such as a thing since the legendary Ivan Zamorano did so in El Clasico. In the season between 2007 and 2008, he made FC Barcelona, to take position four in the La Liga. He has won a nomination for ProWorld XI Player Award by FIFA. Marca newspaper also ranked him as the most successful football player in the world. Messi earns $44.7 million and also pockets more $20 million from endorsements.
Out Of Football Field
Messi has a girlfriend, with whom he has a son named Thiago. Although he has dated a number of women, his main woman is Messi Girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo. When they welcomed their son, they all moved to Messi house in Catalonia. Another thing, which you should know about is that he has assorted tattoos. One Messi tattoo, which is worth noting is his current design of pink rose. What do you think it means?How much is Messi net worth? There you have it.