Ronaldo Overtakes Messi To Become Forbes' Highest-Earning Footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo has toppled Lionel Messi, Lewandowski, Neymar to become the world's highest-paid footballer in 2021. See full list.

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Manchester United ace footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been named as Forbes' World's highest paid footballer for 2021, dethroning the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, Lewandowski, and others.

According to Forbes, the ten highest-paid footballers are assumed to collect pre-tax earnings of $585 million this season, up from last year’s $570 million. Salaries and bonuses account for the majority of the total ($415 million), and are up a modest 2.6% from last year as most clubs remain cautious in the face of emerging Covid-19.

Following Ronaldo ($125 million) on the table is PSG's talisman, Lionel Messi ($110 million). His teammates Neymar ($95 million) and Mbappe ($43 million) follow suit, giving the French giants PSG three of the world’s five highest-paid players.

Making number 5 on the list is Liverpool's Mohammed Salah, the second Premier League player on the list with $41 million. Bayern Munich lethal striker Lewandowski follows with  $35 million, making the same amount with former Barcelona legendary player Andres Iniesta, who surprisingly made the list, claiming the 7th position.

Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, and Eden Hazard complete the list in that order.

See detailed list

Sr No. Player Name Salary (In Millions) Endorsements (In Millions) Total Pay (In Millions)
1 Cristiano Ronaldo`(Manchester United) $70 $55 $125
2 Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) $75 $35 $110
3 Neymar Jr (Paris Saint-Germain) $75 $20 $95
4 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) $28 $15 $43
5 Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) $25 $16 $41
6 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) $27 $8 $35
7 Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) $31 $4 $35
8 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) $27 $7 $34
9 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) $26 $6 $32
10 Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) $26 $3 $29

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