October 16, 2019,   1:44 PM

This Is What The World’s Highest Paid Athlete Spends His Money On

Jamila Gandhi


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Lionel Messi, the world’s highest-paid athlete, takes home an annual salary of $92 million thanks to his 2020/21 contract with FC Barcelona. Through his sponsorships with Adidas, Gatorade, Huawei, Mastercard and Pepsi, the 32-year-old racks up a whopping $35 million in endorsements alone. As one of the most desired and award-winning players in the sport, Messi’s enviable pool of money can fund a lot of things. Here is some of what he reportedly does with his multimillion-dollar fortune.

A garage full of expensive wheels

Off the field, Messi and rival Cristiano Ronaldo also compete over cars. In 2016, the Argentinean football star outbid Ronaldo for ownership of the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti driven by Sterling Moss in the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix. The bidding concluded at $35.2 million, making it the most expensive automobile purchase at the time. Besides the legendary Ferrari, Messi’s garage also boasts a rare $1.89 million Pagani Zonda Roadster and a $139,000 Maserati GranTurismo among many other lavish purchases.

A personalized private jet

Last year, Messi rented a customized private jet for $15 million. The personalized plane was refitted by an Argentine company and features 16 seats that can be folded to make eight beds, complete with his signature number 10 branded on its tail. Additionally, the jet is kitted out with a kitchen and two bathrooms.

A million-dollar estate

The athlete hails from Argentina, but has lived in Spain for most of his life. With his wife and two children, Messi lives in a $7 million mansion in Castelldefels, a mountain village just outside of Barcelona. The luxe pad comes with a garden, swimming pool, theatre, spa and unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan hills. The profitable football star also has the liberty to host private matches on his personal football pitch.

The neighbor’s million-dollar estate

Not one for slipping a passive-aggressive note under the door, Messi reportedly bought his neighbor’s house and added it to his estate because he found them too noisy.

Charitable causes

Through his eponymous foundation, Messi supports a number of charities that work to help vulnerable children worldwide. The Lionel Messi Foundation also worked with UNICEF to fund the construction of 20 prefabricated classrooms in Tartus, Syria and rural areas of Damascus in 2017. The donation enabled more than 1,600 Syrian children affected by the civil conflict to attend school in fully-furnished classrooms. The 32-year-old is also a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

In 2013, the millionaire agreed to have a gold cast of his foot made and sold to support the Japanese tsunami relief.  Japanese jeweler, Ginza Tanaka, created a 25-kilogram solid gold statue of the Barcelona player’s favored foot, to commemorate Messi’s fourth Ballon d’Or award. It ultimately sold for $5.25 million.

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