The star striker of FC Barcelona Lionel Messi joined the very closed club of athletes who have amassed more than a billion dollars (840 million euros) in income during their career, according to the American magazine Forbes.
The Argentine will be the highest-paid football player on the planet in 2020 with $ 126 million, including $ 92 million in salaries for the 2020-21 season, and 34 million in partnerships and other sponsorship deals, Forbes calculated Monday evening .
The six-time Ballon d’Or, who wanted to leave his club of always in August, before having to quickly capitulate, is the fourth sportsman to reach this astronomical figure of the billion dollars of income, after the golfer Tiger Woods and the former boxer Floyd Mayweather, and his big rival on the football fields Cristiano Ronaldo.
In this “billionaire club” also appears basketball legend Michael Jordan, who however only became so at the end of his career, thanks to his mega-contract with the equipment manufacturer Nike and the takeover of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team.
In this 2020 ranking, Messi dislodged Cristiano Ronaldo from first place (117 M USD, including 70 M in salaries), while the Brazilian striker of Paris SG, Neymar (96 M USD, including 78 M in salaries), completes the podium.
The French Kylian Mbappé occupies the 4th place with 42 million dollars, including 28 million in salaries, Forbes presenting the PSG player at 21 as “the player who goes up” on and off the field.
According to Forbes, this world top 10 has accumulated global revenues of 570 million dollars, an increase of 11% compared to last season, and this despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the various European championships and on the ‘Mondial economy.