Through some lucrative investments, Martin Braithwaite has become Barcelona’s second-richest player after club captain Lionel Messi.
The captain of the Spanish team is one of the most recognizable people on the planet, which has resulted in him amassing a sizable net worth over the years.
And talks over a new contract at the Nou Camp have revealed that he earned a whopping €555,237,619 (£491m) during his previous four-year contract, which expired on June 30.
However, Braithwaite, who has been at Barcelona with Messi for nearly a year and a half, can outearn him in terms of earnings.
Barcelona signed the forward from Leganes as an emergency signing in February 2020.
In terms of wages, there is a similar comparison to Messi as there is in terms of goals.
According to Salary Sport, the 30-year-old earns £105,000 per week, which is £895,000 less than the Argentine, who also scored 38 goals to his seven last season.
Braithwaite, on the other hand, made a wise move in 2017 when he moved from Toulouse to Middlesbrough in the Championship.
The footballer teamed up with his American uncle, Philip Michael, to invest $850,000 [approximately £615,000] in a real estate venture.
It has now grown into a franchise that contributes to a number of projects throughout New York, most recently constructing a high-rise in New Jersey.
It has resulted in tremendous growth for the company, with Braithwaite claiming that the portfolio grew “four-fold” in the first year, now worth $250m [£191m].
Michael and the footballer have lofty goals, telling Forbes last year that they want to build a “$1 billion millennial-owned real estate community” by 2025, which is only four years away.
Closer to home, Braithwaite co-owns a company with his wife, Anne-Laure Louise, a French journalist and TV personality who founded the women’s fashion label Trente.
Speaking to WealthLab, the 30-year-old said: “We see what happens to athletes when they retire – it’s not a pretty sight.
“Like I said earlier, we have a short window to make money so it’s all about setting the family up for the future, both on and off the pitch.”