As the winner of seven Ballon d’Ors, the most awarded to a single person in the award’s history, professional footballer Lionel Messi is considered by many to be one of the most talented footballers to ever step on the field. In the fifa sphere, that massive level of prestige comes with a corresponding degree of big wins. The Argentine sportsman, who spent two decades playing for Barcelona (where he scored a record number of goals for a single club) until his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last year, was named by Forbes number one highest paid athlete in 2019 and 2022.
Messi has certainly put that money to use, collecting a fleet of luxury carson vacation in $10,000 a night rental propertiesbuilding a hotel empireand, of course, investing in a series of luxury properties. Here’s a look at some of the impressive real estate deals the soccer star has done throughout his career.
For more than a decade, Messi’s main residence was the address next to barcelona for which he paid $2 million in 2009, when he also won his first Ballon d’Or. Located in Castelldefels, an exclusive coastal city about 24 kilometers from the Catalan capital, the estate has a current estimated value of $7 million. The legendary athlete and his wife, Antonela, invested millions of dollars in the property, including the purchase of a adjacent land (reportedlybought his neighbor’s house because they were too noisy).
The large gated complex housed a gym, spa, theater, swimming pool, large deck for lounging and barbecuing, and a personal-size soccer field for practicing and playing with his three young children and his huge French mastiff named Hulk. . Inside, the modern house was decorated in welcoming neutral tones and boasted views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan hills from its many terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows. The mansion was conveniently located just 12 miles from Camp Nou, the soccer stadium of FC Barcelona. Due to environmental restrictions, the property was in a no-fly zoneproviding an added bonus of privacy and serenity for the famous athlete.
This it is not entirely clear if Messi still owns the house or sold it after the end of his contract with Barcelona.
In 2017, when Messi made his record Goal 366 for Barcelona, he also began his lucrative adventure as a hotelier. The reportedly he spent $30.5 million on his first hotel, a four-star beachside property in Sitges, Catalonia, about 24 miles from his home in Barcelona. The modern structure built in 2013 offers 77 rooms, a full-service spa, and a luxurious rooftop bar and pool with panoramic views.
Over the years, the footballer has continued to invest in a growing line of accommodations under the name MiM Hotels by majestic hotel group. To date, the chain has acquired five boutique properties across Spain and an upcoming resort in Andorra due to open in 2023.
In 2019, Messi put down roots in the US with the $5 million purchase of a beachfront condo in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami. Spanning 3,555 square feet, the three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home is located in the Porsche Design Tower, a 2016-built luxury condominium that rises 60 stories with a glass car elevator that allows its residents to access to their vehicles without leaving their homes, becoming a coveted privacy item for high-profile tenants.