Barcelona star Lionel Messi has often made headlines for his on-field exploits. However, not much is known about his philanthropic activities. However, a little-known fact is that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been indulging in philanthropic activities through the Leo Messi Foundation.
The @fundacionmessi has joined forces with the Josep Carreras Foundation to launch the 'No child with leukaemia' investigative project.— Fundación Leo Messi (@fundacionmessi) June 4, 2019
This initiative seeks to promote the study of a rare type of child leukaemia, the prognosis of which is very negative. #ChooseToBelieve pic.twitter.com/0oYli6NlU9
As the world reels in fear due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Barcelona star has lent support towards the noble cause of COVID-19 relief through Lionel Messi philanthropy. The Argentine forward has made a reported donation of €1 million ($1.1 million) through the Leo Messi Foundation. This amount was split between Hospital Clinic in the Spanish region of Catalunya and a health centre in his homeland of Argentina.
Apart from the generous donation, the Lionel Messi philanthropy was also seen when he led the Barcelona first team to accept a 70 percent pay cut. This facilitated the club in paying the wages of the non-playing staff amid the financial crisis that has ensued due to the coronavirus lockdown.
A major part of the Lionel Messi philanthropy is carried out through the Leo Messi Foundation. The Leo Messi Foundation provides a wide range of charitable services to the needy throughout the world. The foundation particularly focuses on improving the lives of children along with investing in the healthcare services in the world. Most of the Lionel Messi philanthropy activities are focused in Argentina and Spain due to Messi’s close ties with the two countries.
In February 2019, the Leo Messi foundation donated €200,000 ($218000) to UNICEF projects in Kenya. The Lionel Messi philanthropy project aimed at providing access to free drinking water along with palatable food to 2,000 children in Kenya.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Leo Messi net worth currently stands at an estimated $400 million. According to Investopedia, the Leo Messi salary stands at a staggering $111 million along with $84 million in salary and bonuses, thus increasing the Leo Messi net worth.