Who has the biggest contract in soccer history?

Argentina's Lionel Messi (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP) (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images)
Argentina's Lionel Messi (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP) (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images) /

Lionel Messi signed one of the biggest contracts in soccer history.

Lionel Messi is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. He is an Argentine soccer player for the club Paris Saint-Germain, bringing in an annual salary of $42 million. Forbes had him at No. 2 on the list of highest-paid athletes in 2021. Messi is believed to have an estimated net worth of $400 million.

Messi has played for two clubs in his illustrious career and one of those clubs was FC Barcelona.  In 2017, he signed a contract for four seasons with Barcelona worth over $600 million. His contract was not only one of the biggest contracts in the EPL but the biggest in sports history at the time.

Thanks to leaked documents published by Spanish newspaper El Mundo, everyone was able to see what his contract entailed.  Italian reporter, Fabrizio Romano, provided the specifics of Messi’s massive contract via Twitter, which included an annual salary of $167 million per year.


In 2021 when the details of his contract were leaked, it was reported by El Mundo that Messi had already made $619 million from this contract.

How much money has Lionel Messi made, since his departure from Barcelona? 

Messi left Barcelona in 2021, after 17 seasons, and signed a two-year deal, with an option for a third with Paris Saint-Germain. The deal included a $30 million bonus and rights to his jersey sales. Aside from that, Messi brings in money from endorsement deals with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, and Lays. Forbes estimates that Messi makes $33 million in endorsements.