Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Who Has a Higher Salary and Accumulated More Net Worth

Published 01/11/2023, 6:45 AM EST

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are possibly the greatest ever soccer players to play the sport. Season after season, both soccer legends keep raising the bar for each other. The lifelong debate of who’s the ‘GOAT’ will also never end. However, both soccer legends have reached the tail end of their careers.

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While Messi is still going strong playing soccer in France, Ronaldo took the shocking step of stepping out of Europe. It’s important to remember that both soccer legends are on gigantic contracts. So, the real question is which one is currently earning more than the other?

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Does Cristiano Ronaldo earn more than Lionel Messi?

A few weeks back, Cristiano Ronaldo surprised the entire soccer world. The Portuguese star signed a deal with a soccer club based in Saudi Arabia. Many soccer fans could not believe why the soccer star would settle for playing soccer outside Europe. However, the soccer legend has signed a huge contract.

The former Real Madrid veteran will earn about $75 million per year just as his base salary. The total value of that deal is worth more than $200 million including commercial deals spanned over two and a half years. The Portuguese star’s contract will expire in 2025. However, Ronaldo will reportedly stay back in Saudi Arabia and take on an ambassadorial role. This role will be till 2030, during which Ronaldo will try and help Saudi to win the hosting rights to the 2030 World Cup.

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Lionel Messi currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain. According to Forbes, the Argentine soccer legend will earn about $65 million as his base wage this season. Additionally, Messi will earn another $55 million as part of brand deals and endorsements. However, PSG reportedly is preparing a new contract offer for Lionel Messi, ample time before his current deal expires.

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From the looks of it, Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly earning a few million more than the Argentine soccer star.

Is Lionel Messi worth more than Ronaldo?

Over the years, Cristiano Ronaldo has built a high ‘brand value’ for himself. The Portuguese star’s current net worth is about $500 Million. Every soccer fan knows about Ronaldo’s craze for luxury cars.

Ronaldo owns really expensive cars like the Maserati GranCabrio, McLaren Senna, Audi RS7, Bentley Flying Spur, and many more. However, the Portuguese star’s investment in the hotel industry is what gives his net worth a major push.

The Argentine soccer legend’s net worth is about $600 Million. Lionel Messi currently has an ongoing lifetime deal with Adidas. In 2019, Messi surprised his fans by announcing the launch of the ‘Messi Store’ back in Barcelona. Over the years, Messi has invested in multiple luxury properties across the world. The Argentine’s most expensive property is in Catalonia valued at $30.5 million.

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It seems like, Lionel Messi is ultimately valued a lot higher than his soccer rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Watch this story: Despite Being Only 5% as Rich as Michael Jordan Lionel Messi Once Spent More Money on a Car Than Mj Ever Earned in a Single Active NBA Season

If you ever become as rich as Ronaldo or Messi, what is the first thing you would buy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Daniel D'Cruz is a Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Planning and Experiential Marketing from St. Xavier's College, Daniel went on to have a brief stint working in the Event Industry.
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