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Lionel Messi is one of the biggest sportsperson of our generation and it’s no wonder that Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 is 2nd among all footballers in the world. This Argentine professional player who plays forward for both his nation and F.C Barcelona is often rated as the greatest player of all time and for good reasons as his tally of achievements is mind boggling.

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Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

He is the only player in history to win Ballon D’Or four times( all of them consecutively), first player to win three European Golden Shoes, has the Guinness World Record titles for most goals scored in La Liga (292), a La Liga season (50), a calendar year (91), a Champions League match (5) and most Champions League seasons (5). Apart from that, with his club Barcelona he has won the 7 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles and 3 Copa Del Rey titles. Most players are hardly able to achieve a fraction of all that in the span of their entire careers while Messi is still just 28!

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Before he became an international sensation, Messi had a pretty rough childhood because of his growth hormone deficiency condition. Due to that he was small in stature compared to other children of the same age, but that didn’t stop him from football with the older kids as well. Even when he was a kid, his skills were on a whole another level. At 6, he joined the Newell’s Old Boys and during the 6 years he played for them he had scored around 500 goals.

Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

At the age of 10 when his family got to know of his condition his career was threatened as his family had to shell $1000 a month for his treatment. His father’s health insurance could cover his treatment for only 2 years and after that his club decided to contribute but they too backed away. It was during this time that he gave a trial for Barcelona and impressed them so much that the 1st string coach agreed to sign him at the moment. After some discussion with the team’s board they decided to sign Messi and also take care of his treatment and the rest is history.

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Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

Now that enough has been already said about his life and achievements let’s get down to what this article Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 is actually about, i.e. Messi’s net worth. According to France Football, Messi was the highest paid footballer for 5 years in between 2009-2014; he was the 1st player to exceed the € 40 million benchmark, by earning € 41 million in 2013 and further € 65 million in 2014. Since 2008, he has been Barcelona’s highest paid player, receiving a salary that has increased from €7.8 to 13 million over five years.

Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

His current salary €20 million net (€ 36 million before tax) is highest ever in sports. Apart from salary and multi-million bonuses, much of Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 is because of his endorsements; SportsPro has consecutively cited him as world’s most marketable athlete every year since their research began in 2010. Adidas has been his main sponsor since 2006.

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Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

When he was Barca’s leading youth prospect, he had signed a deal with Nike but later transferred to Adidias after they had successfully claimed their rival’s claim to his image’s rights in court. Over time, Messi established himself as Adidas’s leading brand endorser and from 2008 he had a long running signature collection of Adidas F50 boots and in 2015 became the first footballer to receive his own sub-brand of boots, Adidas Messi.
Thus, his brand endorsements, match salary, performance bonus, product royalties all combined take Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 to around US$ 210 million.

Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 can not only be judged based on his earning from matches and endorsements but by also taking into consideration of Messi’s value as a commercial entity. Messi’s marketing brand has been based on his achievements and talent as a player in contrast to that of Christiano Ronaldo or David Beckham whose marketing is based on their looks, style and glamour. Thus at the start of his career, he had sponsorship contracts from sports marketing-oriented companies like Adidas, Nike etc.

Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

By 2010, his achievements as a player increased, his marketing appealed worldwide thus leading to long-term endorsement deal with luxury brands like Dolce & Gabana and Audemars Piguet. He is also the global ambassador for Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Ooredoo, Tata Motors etc.

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Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

He is also signed by game studies to be on the cover of their games, he was on the cover of Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer for PES 2009, PES 2010 and PES 2011 and that of EA’s FIFA for FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15 and FIFA 16. Thus in today’s date, Messi’s commercial value is too great and so is his marketability and since he is yet to reach his peak, it’s safe to assume that he will be a dominant force in sports market and that Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 is bound to increase exponentially in the coming years.

Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

Another aspect of Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 is neither monetary nor commercial but rather his net worth as a worldwide persona and his global popularity and influence has been well documented. He has been in the Times 100 list of most influential world figures in 2012 and 2013. His fan base on Facebook is among the largest of all public figures.

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Leo Messi Net Worth 2016
Leo Messi Net Worth 2016

Thus, at the age of 28 Messi is already a worldwide figure with his astonishing feats and achievements. He already has many records to his name that are doubtful to be ever broken again except by him. Every kid who watches football tries to emulate him and considers him idols while his supporters around the world cheer him for his triumphs for both his nation and club. If all that doesn’t impress you then Leo Messi Net Worth 2016 stands at a staggering US$210 million, second to only Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to net worth of active football players.