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Ronaldo topples Messi as world’s highest paid footballer

Ronaldo topples Messi as world's highest paid footballer






Cristiano Ronaldo has toppled Lionel Messi at the top of Forbes’ list of the highest-paid footballers in the world.

Ronaldo, 36, will earn $125m this season, while Messi will earn $110 million.

Both players had made transfer moves this summer.

Ronaldo returned to his old club, Manchester United from Juventus, while Messi made the switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldo’s Red Devils deal will see him earn £51.25m in basic salary and add-on bonuses, with the rest of his package coming from endorsements, including sponsorship.

Although Messi has a higher basic salary and bonus structure than Ronaldo – earning £54.94m per year – but he only collects £25.6m in annual sponsorship payments, compared to Ronaldo’s yearly sum of £40m.

Messi’s total earnings in Spain was £95.24m per year, reports Mail Online.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Messi’s PSG team mates sit third and fourth on the earners list.

Neymar signed a new £54.95m a year contract in May, the same amount as Messi in terms of basic salary.

Mbappe has refused a new contract. The old one expires next year.


1. Cristiano Ronaldo – £91.5m ($125m)

2. Lionel Messi – £80.5m ($110m)

3. Neymar – £69.5m ($95m)

4. Kylian Mbappe – £31.5m ($43m)

5. Mohamed Salah – £30m ($41m)

6. Robert Lewandowski – £26m ($35m)

7. Andres Iniesta – £26m ($35m)

8. Paul Pogba – £25m ($34m)

9. Gareth Bale – £23.5m ($32m)

10. Eden Hazard – £21m ($29m)


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