Messi is topping the charts left and right these days. He broke the record for most goals all time by a Barcelona player with 234, set the record for most goals scored in all competitions for Barcelona this season with 54, and matched Barca’s single-season record with 34 league goals. He can now add to his list of accolades World’s Highest-Earning Soccer Player (see world’s highest-earning owners here). Is anyone surprised? I didn’t think so.
In 2011, Messi earned $52M in wages and endorsements, according to France Football Magazine. To put that into perspective, Americans, Forbes released that Tom Brady earned a total of $31M in 2011. Oh, snap! Futbol trumps football.
Messi also beat out the sport’s long-time top earner, David Beckham, who came in a close second with $50M.
Here are 2011’s top 10 earners:
1. Lionel Messi – $52M
2. David Beckham – $50M
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $46M
4. Samuel Eto – $37M
5. Wayne Rooney – $32.6M
See the rest of the list after the jump, as well as some advice from Randy Moss about how Messi should pay his expenses from now on.