Lionel Messi Net worth, Height, Wife and Bio
Lionel Messi (age 28 years) is a prominent striker and a left- footed dribbler from Barcelona football club. Also known by his full name Luis Lionel Andres Messi, he also participates in International event from Argentina National Team. The number of accolades he received and records he broke justifies his title as the greatest football player of his time.
Lionel has an Italian and Spanish ethnicity while he follows Catholic religion. He has a dual Nationality. He was born in 24th June 1987 in Rosario City of Santa Fe Province which is located in Argentina. Messi was diagnosed of growth hormone deficiency when he was in his early childhood period. The family of Messi could not afford to pay for the cure. Impressed by the skills of Messi and seeing the potentiality in him, Barcelona stepped forward and offered to pay for the cure of disease. Thus, Messi began his career from Barcelona at the early age of 13. He was only 17 years old when Messi first debuted in a football match in 2004. Messi was also termed as Messiah, the savior of Barcelona Football team because it was he who showed a ray of hope when another Barcelona star- Ronaldinho lost his form. Lionel has a heavily built body. Messi height is 5 feet 6 inch while his weight is 67 kg.
Messi is mostly compared with Cristiano Ronaldo as Ronaldo is considered his greatest competitor in terms of awards, salary, brands endorsements, fans and more.
Messi was earning huge salary making him the highest paid footballer of the world. Currently, Lionel Messi salary is 20 Million Euro which is the money he receives after paying tax. His salary was raised by over 5 million Euro in last five years. His income also comes from Endorsement of top brands like Adidas Pepsi and Nike. He has been chosen as a global brand ambassador of Turkish Airlines and other prestigious companies. Lionel Messi net worth is USD 180 Million in 2016.
Messi is living together with his early childhood girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo since 2008. His ex- girlfriend list includes Marcarena Lemos. Messi has two children / sons with Antonella who are named Thiago and Mateo. His first child Thiago was born in 2012 while his second son was born in 2015. Messi did not perform traditional marriage ceremony so it can be said that Messi has no wife. But Messi is totally committed to his partner Antonella with whom he has two kids.