There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Lionel Messi’s superior football skills. The diminutive footballer plays for FC Barcelona. He is considered a living legend by the Blaugrana faithful for his explosive exploits on the pitch. The man has been bestowed upon with the Ballon d’Or, a record 4 times, in his career so far. Lionel reached a milestone in his career when he became the youngest player to notch 200 goals in La Liga aged just 25. Barely 27, Messi still has plenty of years left in the locker to accumulate more accolades.
Listed below is Messi’s salary history.
Lionel Messi Annual Salary in 2011 excluding bonuses = $14.6 million
Lionel Messi Annual Salary in 2012 excluding bonuses = $15.4 million
Lionel Messi Annual Salary in 2013 excluding bonuses = $20.3 million
Lionel Messi Annual Salary in 2014 excluding bonuses = $21.2 million
Of course, when one creates endless number of headlines on the pitch, the player will be sought after. Messi, too, is a marketable athlete. Nicknamed The Flea, Messi enjoys lucrative deals with the likes of giants Adidas, Konami, Dolce & Gabbana, PepsiCo, Gillette and Samsung etc. Turkish Airlines has also signed him to act as their global brand ambassador. His endorsement deals have truly helped him garner profits beyond imagination.
In 2013, his services for sponsors D&G, Pepsi, HerbaLife, Turkish Airlines, Adidas, and EA Sports fetched him a whopping $21 million. Forbes estimated Messi’s overall earnings in 2014 to be in the region of $65 million. Currently, the man is under contract at Barcelona where he earns $21.2 million annually (excluding bonuses) for his services. Any football club looking to purchase him must first meet his buyout clause of $324 million.
Messi is romantically linked to childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo and the couple shares the responsibilities of being parents to son, Thiago.