Lionel Messi’s personal bodyguard has gained attention lately for his watchful eye, insane speed and even his passing skills.
Many people are left to wonder, how much is the mysterious man paid to protect Inter Miami’s invaluable star?
Messi security: How much a bodyguard makes in United States?
Why Messi needs security
The Argentinian soccer star is one of the most famous people in the world. Although the swarm of people around the World Cup winner would be far greater in his homeland of Argentina or his adopted home of Barcelona, fans have showed up in huge numbers since his arrival in the United States.
Ticket prices for every single Inter Miami match, at home or on the road, have skyrocketed. As fans, celebrities and athletes alike flock to see the soccer icon, danger comes with it as well. At many games, fans run onto the pitch and risk injury to get a hug or a selfie from Messi. When it happened against LAFC at Bank of America Stadium in Los Angeles, Messi’s personal security stepped in before anyone else could.
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How much does a bodyguard make in the United States?
According to the site salary.com, the average yearly income for a bodyguard in the United States falls between $64,000 and $84,000, with a median salary of just over $73,000. That works out to about $5,600 per month.
Not your average security team
The salary for a personal security professional varies widely depending on the demands of the job, the number of hours and the profile of the client. Since Messi demands the highest standard in all of these areas, he requires a unique type of security.
His personal detail, who can be seen in nearly every image of Messi before and after matches, is trained in MMA and never leaves Messi’s side.
Although the official salary information remains undisclosed, when you consider Messi’s wealth, profile, travel schedule and unique needs, it is not unreasonable to think that his personal bodyguard makes well into the six-figure salary range.