*: estimated income based on 48 forty hours weeks per year.
$44,000,000 a year for Lionel Messi it means $3,666,667 per month, $916,667 per week or $183,333.33 per day! Argentine demigod and reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has ridden a mythic year to the No. 2 spot of the Sports Illustrated 20 highest-earning International athletes, making him, at 22, the youngest and the highest-paid soccer player in the world. Messi plays as a striker for Spanish champions Barcelona.