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    According to Forbes Magazine, the 33-year-old has also become one of the highest paid athletes of 2020 and the highest paid football player of the year. The six-time winner of Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in football, earned $126 million dollars.

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi has earned $1 billion in pre-tax earnings over his career, Forbes reported. According to the magazine, the athlete, who has led Barcelona to 34 trophies since he joined the club in 2004, received $92 million from the salary he that earns with the club and an additional $34 million from endorsements. Messi has sponsorship deals with world-famous brands such as Adidas, Huawei, Dolce & Gabbana, Jacob & Co, and will soon have his own theme park in China.

    However, he is the second football player to cross the $1 billion mark in earnings. The Argentinian was surpassed by his rival, Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

    This, however, did not stop social media users from congratulating Messi on his achievement.

    ​Others users contended that Messi is not worth that amount of money.

    Renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather reminded Messi that he is not only the second football player to earn $1 billion over his career, but also the fourth athlete to do so.

    ​Others users joked about how Messi reacted to the news…

    ...​and how Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and the world’s richest man, would regard to the news.

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