Forbes have listed Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the second professional footballer to become a billionaire in his career.
This is after his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo was earlier listed the first footballer to hit that hallmark.
However, Ronaldo became marked as the third athlete to earn $1 billion in his career.
Forbes marked him after previously listing professional golfer Tiger Woods and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Similarly, Forbes named Lionel Messi the highest-earning footballer in 2020. The Argentine raked $126m ($92m in salary and $34m in endorsements) tipping him into the $1 billion mark.
Ronaldo came second in the list of highest-earning footballers for the year 2020.
According to Forbes, his total earning $117 million ($70 million in salary and $47 million endorsements).
Other footballers who featured in the 2020 list of highest-earning players are
Kylian Mbappe, Mohammed Salah, David de Gea, also featured in the 2020 list of highest-earning player.
Many football fans consider Messi the best player in the world and regard him as one of the greatest players of all time.
Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes.
He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 33 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.
A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (444), a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36).
And the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (183), a La Liga and European league season (21) and the Copa América (12). He has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.