Ronaldo Beats Messi In Latest Forbes Ranking
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the highest-paid footballer in the world and has reclaimed the top spot on Forbes ranking of the highest-paid footballers in the world, replacing Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make $125m (£91.63m) before taxes at the end of the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.31m) coming from his salary and bonuses at Old Trafford, and an estimated $55m (£40.31m) from commercial deals, according to Forbes., while Lionel Messi is set to earn $110m (£80.63) this season after joining Paris Saint-Germain, with an estimated $35 million in endorsements.
Three of the world’s five highest-paid players are employed by PSG, including Brazilian superstar, Neymar, who lands at No. 3 once again with $95 million, and the 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is No. 4 with $43 million. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah makes up the top five with $41 million.
Robert Lewandowski, whose contract with Bayern Munich runs out in 2023, sits at no. 6 with $35 million. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe, Japan), 37 years old, is the only non-European player in the top ten and will earn $35 million at the end of the season.
28-year-old Paul Pogba is no. 8 with $34 million. Real Madrid duo, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard complete the top ten with a $32 million and $29 million respectively.
At the end of this season, a total pretax earnings of $585 million will be shared amongst the top ten highest-paid footballers in the world; up about 2.6% from last season’s top ten total earnings.