Messi’s staggering wage is so big he earns average UK salary in just three hours

It takes Lionel Messi just under three hours to earn the average UK yearly wage, thanks to his eye-watering salary at PSG.

According to research from Betsperts, the average UK yearly salary for 2021 was £38,131. And research from the betting company has revealed it would take the Argentine superstar just 2hours and 34minutes to reach that number, thanks to his eye-watering contract.

Messi is the highest-earning athlete on the planet, and he takes home a staggering £97.5million every year in the French capital. That massive salary equates to £267,123 every day, or an even more impressive £185 every minute.

The 34-year-old moved to Paris last summer after Barcelona could no longer afford to keep their prodigal son on their books.

Messi was left a free agent after "financial and structural obstacles" meant Barcelona could not re-sign the Argentine. In a press conference when he announced he would be leaving Barcelona, Messi revealed he "did everything" to remain, including taking a 50 per cent pay cut.

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But Messi has struggled to impress in France following his high-profile move, and the former Ballon d'Or winner has only notched six times in Ligue 1.

Research from Betsperts also reveals that Lebron James, basketball's highest-paid player, earns just under £11,000 per hour.

While Kylian Mbappe, who has just been handed a new deal in Paris, earns £1.01 every second.

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