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It's been a rough year for the footballer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 35-year-old Lionel Messi has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid footballer for 2022 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 2022-08-09 : This story seems to be false.
Lionel Messi tops annual list of highest-paid footballeres
In 2019 it looked like the footballer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday, (August 5, 2022) that Messi is the highest-paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between August 2021 and August 2022, a nearly $60 million lead over his closest competition.
People With Money’s factors
In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.
The Argentine footballer has an estimated net worth of $275 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Messi Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Olympia Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure WonderMessi - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Lionel) and a fashion line called “Lionel Messi Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Lionel fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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