Manchester United’s forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has redeemed top spot in the list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus in August and Messi left childhood club FC Barcelona to join Paris St Germain.
According to Forbes, Ronaldo is among the world’s most popular athletes with over 500 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and is set to make $125 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season.
He is said to also receive $70 million from salary and bonuses at United, with the rest coming from endorsements and partnerships with brands including Nike, Herbalife, Clear and his CR7 brand.
Messi, who was top in 2020 list, will be paid a salary of $75 million with an additional $35 million from endorsements for total expected earnings of $110 million.
Messi’s strike partner at PSG, Neymar, who in May signed a new contract until 2025, is third on the list with total earnings of $95 million.
Another PSG player, Kylian Mbappe, $43 million, is fourth on the Forbes list while Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, $41 million, is fifth.
Top 10 highest earners in Football:
- Cristiano Ronaldo – $125 million
- Lionel Messi – $110 million
- Neymar – $95 million
- Kylian Mbappe – $43 million
- Mohamed Salah – $41 million.
- Robert Lewandowski – $35 million
- Andres Iniesta – $35 million
- Paul Pogba – $34 million
- Gareth Bale – $32 million
- Eden Hazard – $29 million.