The largest share of Lionel Messi’s total earnings in 2022 came in the form of on-field earnings, which include salaries and incentives he receives for his performance.
According to Forbes, Messi earned USD 75 million as on-field earnings — a figure only behind Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez in the study period from 2021 to 2022.
In August 2021, he left FC Barcelona and joined Ligue 1 club PSG on a two-year contract.
The transfer was one of the biggest newsmakers of the year, not only because it involved Messi but also because it was the first transfer in the Argentine’s professional career.
Messi’s net salary at PSG is reportedly between USD 35 and USD 41 million per year. Accordingly, Messi earns at least around USD 95,000 per day.
Messi was a free agent when he made the move from Barcelona to PSG.
At that time, several media outlets reported that Messi would, therefore, also be receiving an additional sign-on fee of around USD 35 million. But there is no confirmation on exactly how much he received.
According to it, he was earning around USD 167 million per year in salary and incentives at the Catalan club — the most expensive contract by any athlete in the world.
Earnings from his endorsements and businesses form a major share of Messi’s net worth in off-field earnings, which, as per Forbes, amounted to a total of USD 55 million between 2021 and 2022.
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