In addition to the income from his footballing activity, Lionel Messi is also the owner of a hotel empire, MiM Hotels. He also launched his clothing brand in 2019. And today, as the media are beginning to talk about his possible retirement, the PSG striker is also becoming an investor in Silicon Valley.
Lionel Messi becomes a tech investor
As our colleagues from TechCrunch report, the “Messi Group” has teamed up with leaders from Silicon Valley on the Play Time project. This holding company will be the main vehicle for Lionel Messi’s investments in sport, the media, as well as new technologies.
This holding company should also take stakes in sports teams, and invest in new technologies specializing in football.
“I’m thrilled to extend our roots to Silicon Valley and I’m thrilled that Play Time is collaborating with bold entrepreneurs around the world. I hope that with its success, Play Time will help many people and have a positive impact on the world. I trust the team and our partners to achieve our goals”said the Argentine footballer.
Among the companies that have already benefited from the support of Play Time, there is the startup Matchday, a video game studio specializing in football which will launch before the World Cup. The holding company has also invested in AC Momento, which will auction jerseys worn during matches. Play Time is run by Razmig Hovaghimian, who co-founded streaming platform Viki.
35, retirement age?
At the moment, it is unknown when Lionel Messi will retire as a footballer. But as mentioned above, the subject is often discussed by the media. For example, in a recent article on Play Time, the media Goal.com explains that the striker is “starting to put plans in place” for his end of career.
For his part, Lionel Messi is still unclear about his future. In fact, no decision seems to have been made yet.
At the end of 2021, the footballer indicated, on this subject, that he lives “day by day, year after year.” And more recently, after a match with the Argentina team in March 2022, he hinted that he would reflect after the World Cup in Qatar.
“After the World Cup, I will have to take stock of a lot of things, whether it is going well or badly”he explained when he was asked about his retirement, according to an article by Le Parisien.