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Lionel Messi Or Cristiano Ronaldo: Who Is Richer?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both established themselves as two of the greats of football and have got a plethora of silverware to back each of their cases as the best player in the world.

Before the two players face off in the 2022 FIFA World Cup with their respective countries, let’s find out who is richer: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi’s Net Worth In 2022

Messi’s current net worth is estimated to be $130m, according to Forbes. He is making €30m per year for his services as a forward at Paris Saint-Germain. Hence, we can expect his net worth to grow even more in the not-too-distant future. The Argentina international’s current deal at Parc des Princes will expire next summer but PSG has the option to extend it for another year.

Messi is currently the highest-paid athlete in the world which goes to show just how well he has done in his career both on and off the field.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid (R) attend a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images ( and Imago Images (

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Net Worth In 2022

Ronaldo’s net worth at the moment is believed to be around $115m. He is currently earning £480,000 per week for his services as a center-forward for Manchester United with his contract set to run out at the end of this campaign.

The 37-year-old is edging closer to the end of his playing career, so we can expect his net value to go down unless the player decides to work on improving his finances off the field.

Who Is Richer: Messi Or Ronaldo?

Here is the complete breakdown of the total earnings of Messi and Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo
Total Earnings $130m $115m
On-Field Income $75m $60m
Off-Field Income $55m $55m


Even though the two players are earning a similar amount on the field, Messi has the edge when it comes to off-the-field income. Therefore, Messi is richer than Ronaldo at the moment. However, that could soon change depending on how well these two legends of modern-age football conduct themselves in terms of their finances after they decide to hang up their boots in the future.

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