Lionel Messi is one of the most recognisable and gifted footballers on the planet. He’s recently just signed a new four-year contact with boyhood club Barcelona. His new contract will enable him to extend his goal exploits for at least another 4 years where he will be 34 years old.
In his new contract, he is estimated to earn a staggering £1million pounds per week and that’s before endorsements and add ons. His annual wage will be around £54million per year. In comparison Ronaldo, earns £18million per annum. His future was continually brought into question with being linked to Man City but this has all been put to bed with this new 4 year contract.
He scored his 500th goal in the last El Clasico of the season back in April and went on to score 7 more goals by end of the season. His 500th goal against Madrid was the last kick of the game.
The 30-year-old is Barcelona’s all-time leading goal scorer with 507 goals in 583 matches while being leading scorer in La Liga history scorer 348.
The Argentine great has one the Ballon d’Or five times while with Barca he’s won the Champions League on 4 occasions and La Liga 9 times.
It’s funny to think that way back in 2005 during Messi’s first season with the Barcelona first team he only scored 1 goal the whole season. Compare that to smashing 38 in the 2009 season and then 73, yes 73, in 2012.
Over the years, there’s been tons of chat around who’s the best striker, Messi or Ronaldo. Ronaldo has scored over 600 career goals for Sporting, Man Utd and Real Madrid which is 39 more than the Argentine. We think that Messi’s drive to be number one has been helped with his rivalry with Ronaldo. Messi he mentioned recently that his ‘beef’ with Ronaldo was definitely just noise from the media and that he respects Ronaldo and his goal exploits.
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