Lionel Messi Net Worth : $130 Million
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest football players of today, Lionel Andres Messi is an Argentinian forward of Spanish football club Barcelona FC as well as the captain of The Argentinian national football team. He is the son of Jorge Horacio Messi and Celia Maria Cuccittini.
Growing up, he played in the local football club, which happened to be coached by his father. He later joined Newell’s Old Boys club, which became one of the area’s most dominant teams that lost only one match in four years.
Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency when he was 11 and the cost of managing the condition made clubs reluctant to sign him despite his superb skill. FC Barcelona saw his talent, and he was able to get a trial with the team.
The club offered to pay for his condition provided that he moved to Spain, which he and his father did, and Messi was subsequently enrolled into Barcelona’s youth academy.
He rose up the ranks playing as a first team member in 2005. The same year, he obtained Spanish citizenship and from then on, Lionel Messi has been characterized by a string of successful wins.
This is due to his playing style that has been compared to fellow Argentinian great, Diego Maradona. His small stature allows him to be nimble in the field as well as providing him with excellent ball control and speed.
Messi is also a family man and together with his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo, are the parents of Thiago Messi. He is also a philanthropist, having established The Leo Messi Foundation, which promotes education and health access among vulnerable children. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador is reportedly worth $130 million.