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Lionel Messi Knocks Cristiano Ronaldo Off The Top To Become World’s Highest Paid Footballer

Lionel Messi is now the second billionaire footballer according to a new rating from Forbes. The FC Barcelona star reportedly earns  $1 billion in his career after tax.Lionel MessiLionel Messi racks in earnings of over 1 billion dollars (840 million euros).

Messi, in 2020 is the highest-paid footballer in the world. He earns an income of $126 million from his Barca salary ($92 million for the 2020/2021 season) and $34 million from sponsors and other sources, Forbes reports.

This places him in a group of mega-wealthy sportsmen with just Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, and his football rival, Cristiano Ronaldo in the league of billionaires.


With the $126 million annual income,  the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has knocked Ronaldo ($117 million) off the top of the football salary chart to take first-place position. Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar follows closely with $96 million yearly earnings.

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More cherry on the cake, Messi is set to rack in another £98 million this year from wages and a long list of sponsorship deals.


The global football star is currently the face of Addidas. He also has a long-running contract with Pepsi and also video game publisher, Konami.


Forbes says: “To compile our list, we spoke with clubs, players’ agents, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe. All figures are converted to U.S. dollars. They include soccer salaries for the 2020-21 season, bonuses and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings are pretax”

Here’s Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid footballers 2020

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) 126 million U.S. dollars
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal) 117 million U.S. dollars
3. Neymar (Paris St-Germain and Brazil) 96 million U.S. dollars
4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France) 42 million U.S. dollars
5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt) 37 million U.S. dollars
6. Paul Pogba (Manchester United and France) 34 million U.S. dollars
7. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona and France) 33 million U.S. dollars
8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid and Wales) 29 million U.S. dollars
9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland) 28 million U.S. dollars
10. David de Gea (Manchester United and Spain) 27 million U.S. dollars


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