Lionel Messi is once again leading the list as one of the top favorites to win the 2020 Balon d’Or at international betting sites like BetDSI.
If he wins this year, he’ll break the tie that he has running with Cristiano Ronaldo at five a-piece and set a new record, perhaps even securing the title, Greatest of All Time!
In the 2018-2020 season, Lionel Messi put up 36 goals and 15 assists on just three yellow cards and no red cards on 34 appearances in LaLiga. That’s over a goal per game! In Champions League, he dropped 12 goals, and 3 assists with no cards pulled in just 10 appearances. He also has 3 goals and 3 assists in the Copa del Rey, and an assist in the Supercopa.
In total, that’s 51 goals and 22 assists with just 3 yellow cards. Amazing. So, what is a player like Lionel Messi worth? What kind of duckets are teams and advertisers willing to shell out to have him on the pitch, or pitching their brands?
It is reported that the Argentinian soccer star is worth over 400 million dollars in total. That’s almost half a billion dollars! In 2020 alone, the uber-rich forward raked in around 127 million dollars. This is almost 20 million more than his closest earning competition, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Between his ample salary and endorsements, his 127 million comes to $2,490,196.08 per goal. That seems like a pretty exorbitant amount of money for putting a soccer ball into the back of a net behind a large rectangle on a field. When we look at it like that, Cristiano Ronaldo makes much more on the dollar per goal. Ronaldo took in 109 million dollars but only scored a total of 28 goals, putting his per-goal pay-rate at $3,892,857.14. I wonder if Ronaldo’s club silently seethes about that fact? I mean, even if we add Cristiano Ronaldo’s ten assists into the mix, it still doesn’t add up to Messi’s goal count. And to add salt to the Serie A club’s wound, Messi had over twice the number of assists last season.
So, who is the more valuable player? Even though Lionel Messi earned more, he produced roughly twice a much, making him a much better return on investment than Cristiano Ronaldo … at least in 2018-2020.
Lionel Messi isn’t only the top earner in the world of football (soccer), but basically, in all of sports. The only athlete that earned more than Messi in 2018 is Floyd Mayweather Jr. who pulled down a whopping 285 million dollars. But Messi’s 127 million in 2020 was good enough to make him the highest-paid athlete of any sport. Second in line, as we already mentioned, was Ronaldo. Third, was Neymar at 105 million. Roger Federer comes in fourth with 93.4 million and Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers – from the other football– come in fifth and sixth with 89.5 and 89.3 million dollars respectively.
At just 31 years of age, he still has a few years of playing ahead of him. So we have to expect that Messi will easily break the half-billion mark in total net worth, even if he goes on a non-liquidatable spending spree.
Whether you think he is the best soccer player in this era or not is debatable. What is not debatable is Messi’s net worth. He is the king of capital, and no other footballer can touch his status there!