The FC Barcelona and Argentina captain, Lionel Messi joins the list for sporting billionaires, according to “Forbes magazine”. Following controversial around his contract as he wanted to leave Barcelona.
However, the captain will remain at FC Barcelona for the following season, until his contract is expired.
The Barcelona captain’s career salary is over one billion dollars (840 million euros) places him in a group of super wealthy sports figures such as Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and his great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the Forbes, in 2020 Messi was the best paid footballer in the world with an income of $126 million from his Barca salary ($92 million for the 2020/2021 season) and $34 million from sponsors and other sources.
But, six time Ballon D’or winner has knocked Portugal captain Ronaldo ($117 million) off the top of the football salary chart with Brazilian Neymar ($96 million) in third place.
The top 10 paid superstars (players) made a combined $570 million this season, with a jump of 11% despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to European leagues and the global economy.
However, even Michael Jordan is also in the billionaire’s club but the basketball legend’s fortune has largely come after retirement through his long-standing contract with Nike and acquisition of NBA franchise Charlotte Hornets.