Lionel Messi: 8th Ballon d’Or and the Management of His $600 Million Fortune

On October 30, 2023, football fans and pundits around the world witnessed history as Lionel Messi secured his 8th Ballon d’Or during a grand ceremony at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. This remarkable feat added another jewel to the crown of the football legend, solidifying his status as one of the greatest football players to have ever graced the sport. But beyond the glitz and glamour of award ceremonies, how does Messi manage his substantial $600 million fortune?

Real Estate Investments

As a globally recognized superstar, Messi is known to invest in luxurious properties across the world. For over a decade, Messi’s first residence was the Barcelona house that he splashed $2 million on in 2009, which was also around the time he won his first Ballon d’Or. Located in Castelldefels, an exclusive coastal city about 15 miles from the Catalonian capital.

In 2017, he has reportedly spent $30.5 million on his first hotel, a four-star beachside property in Sitges, Catalonia and many more in following years including a 3,555 square feet, three-bedroom and four-and-a-half bathroom dwelling, located in the Porsche Design Tower, located  at Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Hotel MIM Sitges owned by Lionel Messi.

Charitable Endeavours

The Leo Messi Foundation, founded by the football icon and his family, focuses on making a positive impact on society. In March 2010, Leo was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and immediately flew to Haiti to bring public awareness in the wake of the earthquake.

Following his latest achievement, Messi could channel a significant portion of his wealth into philanthropic endeavours, extending support to healthcare, education, and sports initiatives for underprivileged children.

Business Ventures

Over the years, Messi has delved into various business opportunities, including endorsing brands and launching his own clothing line. Adidas has sponsored him and in 2017 signed him to a lifetime contract. Further, he has endorsed other brands such as Pepsi, Lay’s, Budweiser, to name few. His newfound Ballon d’Or accolade may open doors to more lucrative endorsement deals and entrepreneurial ventures, ensuring the growth of his wealth beyond the football pitch.

Family and Lifestyle

With a close-knit family, Messi prioritizes the well-being and happiness of his beautiful wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their lovely children Thiago, Mateo and Ciro. Part of his fortune might be allocated to providing a luxurious lifestyle for his family, including private jets, exquisite vacations, and other amenities that contribute to their happiness.

Football Academies

Messi’s passion for football extends beyond playing the sport. He might choose to invest in football academies or youth development programs, nurturing the next generation of football talent.

Collectibles and Hobbies

With his generous earning, Messi leads a lavish lifestyle that includes an array of luxury cars in his garage including the Ferrari 335, Ferrari F430 and Pagani Zonda Tricolore purchased for a whooping $2 million. In February 2016, he took to Instagram to announce the acquisition of his new Ferrari.

While we can speculate about how Messi manages his substantial wealth, the specifics remain private and known only to him and his trusted advisors. With his 8th Ballon d’Or win, Lionel Messi continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of football.

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