How FC Barcelona great Lionel Messi’s new paypacket compares to Virat Kohli
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How FC Barcelona great Lionel Messi’s new paypacket compares to Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Fernando Alonso and Floyd Mayweather all feature as here’s a look at where FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s bumper deal fits into the wage hierarchy.

football Updated: Nov 27, 2017 09:44 IST
By Iain Strachan
By Iain Strachan
Lionel Messi,Virat Kohli,Football
Recently, Virat Kohli surpassed FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the list of most valuable brands among athletes -- according to Forbes.(HT Photo )

Lionel Messi’s new four-year contract, reportedly worth a net £500,000 per week, means the Barcelona star will be better paid than his great Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

But how does the Argentine’s lucrative deal compare to the eye-watering remuneration on offer elsewhere?

(Read | Lionel Messi extends FC Barcelona contract until 2021)

Grab your abacus and join us as we examine some of sport’s biggest paydays…


India cricket captain Virat Kohli is believed to have earned $2.5m from Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2017 Indian Premier League.

While that’s considerably less than most of the athletes on this list, Kohli only made 10 appearances for RCB this season, which works out a handy £193,682 per match.

(Read | Virat Kohli ahead of Lionel Messi in Forbes’ top 10 brands among athletes)


Two-time MVP Curry has agreed a new deal with Golden State Warriors, the point guard inking the NBA’s first contract to break the $200million barrier.

A major improvement on the rookie extension an injury-prone Curry signed in 2012, it is worth $201,158,790 across five years according to Sportrac, or £648,877 gross per week.


Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw signed on the dotted line of a seven-year, $215m contract in 2014. That’s £495,494 per week gross for MLB’s best-paid player.


Cristiano Ronaldo is believed to receive £424,000 after tax from Real Madrid, while Carlos Tevez of Shanghai Shenhua is said to get £634,000 per week gross.

(Read | Cristiano Ronaldo rebound gives Real Madrid nervy win at home vs Malaga in La Liga)

Fellow Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune certainly put their money where their mouth is by giving Ezequiel Lavezzi £798,000 per week gross.


Quarterback Derek Carr’s $125m deal over five years with Oakland Raiders works out at £403,308 per week gross. Less than Kershaw, a lot less than Curry and no where near Messi.


Surprisingly, four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is not Formula One’s best paid driver as negotiations over a new deal with Mercedes continue. That accolade goes to Fernando Alonso, who is paid $40m per year, or £645,294 gross per week, to drive an uncompetitive McLaren.


Living up to his nickname, ‘Money’ is understood to have banked approximately £230m for his much-hyped victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

That’s £4,951,839 per minute or, if you prefer, £82,530 per second during the course of the bout. There was another guaranteed $100m banked for his 10-round blowout against UFC star Conor McGregor before pay-per-view receipts were counted.

Even with the might of Barcelona and Argentina behind him, there’s no way Messi can match that hyper-intensive earning power over such a short spell of action.

First Published: Nov 26, 2017 10:41 IST