At 31 years of age, Lionel Messi continues to defy belief.
The Argentine is the hot favourite for the Ballon d’Or this year following his breathtaking performances in the Champions League and his role in Barcelona’s latest La Liga title.
This calendar year alone, he has already scored 34 goals.
Inevitably, going hand-in-hand with those incredible statistics is another year of financial pulling power.
The earning potential of elite athletes is now higher than ever due to TV rights, sponsorships, and advertising.
Messi has made the most of those endorsements, on top of his estimated €40million salary which he receives from Barcelona.
Indeed, he has now been officially named as top of Forbes’ sports rich-list after picking up $127m.