There’s a very elite club where someone even as famous as Lionel Messi has only just gained entry.
To enter you need supernatural talent, a global following, a host of accolades and brands beating down your door…. Not to mention a billion dollars in the bank.
According to Forbes magazine, the Argentine superstar earned more than a billion dollars in pre-tax earnings during his career, hot on the heels of ex rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi may have had a difficult year on the pitch, but his bank balance appears to be booming, thanks in part to huge endorsement deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and Adidas.
With six Ballon d’or titles to his name, it comes as no surprise the 33-year-old was the highest paid footballer of 2020, raking in more than $125 million from wages and endorsement deals.
Ronaldo came in second with annual earnings of $117 million.
The Portuguese sensation has stayed at the top of his game for so long due to a legendary work ethic, insane nap schedule, and a fitness regimen that would put even Tyler Durden to bed.
The five-time Ballon d’or winner owns a $20 million car collection, which he is reported to have added to, earlier this year, with the acquisition of a limited edition Bugatti Centodieci.
He also reportedly dabbles in real estate. According to a report published last month, the father of four is building a $10 million mansion in Quinta de Marinha on the Portuguese Riviera. Reportedly for when he retires.
This comes shortly after his purchase of Lisbon’s most expensive apartment ever, an $8.5 million penthouse with a state-of-the-art gym and indoor swimming pool.
Ronaldo, who is the most followed person on Instagram with 223 million followers, is sponsored by the likes of Unilever, MTG and Nike, to name a few.