Is It More Profitable To Be Messi or Ronaldo?

By on February 21, 2019

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One of the main reasons why so many boys want to become professional football players, apart from the beauty of the game, is the fact that it is highly profitable. Football players earn millions and can live luxurious lifestyles doing what they love. Of course, the very best players earn the most money.

Messi and Ronaldo are probably the two most famous and the two most successful football players right now, which their bank accounts also prove. If we were to judge the accomplishments of a player by how much he earns, who would be the number one?

Successful Entrepreneurs

Apart from being successful football players, Messi and Ronaldo are also successful entrepreneurs. One of the reasons why a lot of famous sports stars go bankrupt quickly after professional careers is because they do not know how to manage their money properly.

However, it seems that Messi and Ronaldo are doing a pretty good job. The infographic below put together by a bookies-review group called Betting Sites shows us that they own several businesses.

For example, Messi has invested in numerous properties around his birthplace in Rosario, Argentina. He is also the owner of the Leo Messi Foundation, which aims to help children around the world who struggle the most.

On the other hand, Ronaldo is the CEO of two hotels, CR7 blankets, facial fitness devices, and a shampoo brand. His business seems to be doing quite well as he lives a lavish lifestyle and earns millions of dollars each year.

They are also keen on spending the money they earn. Messi’s house near Barcelona is shaped to resemble a soccer field and was designed by a famous architect Luis De Garrido. His car collection is worth $719,500, which makes for a nice drive park. Ronaldo’s car collection is worth much more, around $4.9 million, and his house is worth $4.8 million.

How Much Do They Earn?

The salaries footballers make are massive. What they earn in a week is something that normal people can only hope to earn in their lifetime. For example, Messi Earns $44.68 million each season at FC Barcelona. Moreover, his contract with Argentina is worth $500,000 a week, so his net worth is $340 million.

When Ronaldo played for Real Madrid, his weekly salary was £860,000. The new deal with Juventus is bringing him 31 million per season. However, thanks to his other business endeavors, his net worth is around $450 million.

Both players also earn substantial amounts of money from brands which they advertise on their social media profiles and the field. Messi’s endorsements with brands earned him $28 million in 2016, whereas Ronaldo enlarged his fortune by $35 million in 2017 from endorsements alone.

Messi’s most lucrative business sponsorship is the one with Adidas, which brings him $10 million a year for the rest of his life. Ronaldo signed a similar contract with Nike, worth $1 billion in total.

Conclusion

To sum up, we wouldn’t mind being either of these two amazing players. Both of them are earning more each week than they can spend. However, it seems that being Ronaldo could bring you in a bit more profit, thanks to his better investments off the field. He is also more desired by brands, which are willing to pay him more money to endorse products.

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