Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star, has become football’s second billionaire. This is after Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat. Messi now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, as reported by Forbes.
Messi is the highest earning player in 2020 according to Forbes, with the Argentina international set to earn $126million (£98m) – split between his salary of $92m (£72m) plus $34m (£26m) in endorsements.
Having recently agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season after much uncertainty, Messi will hope that he can help the Catalan club to bounce back after they failed to win a trophy last campaign.