Forbes have released their list for the highest-paid footballers in the world – and there’s no surprises at who comes in at first and second.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi edged past his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo to retain the top spot world’s highest-paid footballer in 2020. According to the list by Forbes, Messi earned $126m (£98m), divided between $92m (£71.6m) in salary and $34m (£26.4m) in endorsements.
With his annual earning, Messi also became football’s second billionaire player after Ronaldo, who had the total earnings of $117m (£91m). Ronaldo is the most followed person Instagram and earns a whopping amount for a sponsored post on the social media platform.
In the last couple of weeks the ‘Lionel Messi transfer saga’ highlighted the football world. Football giants like Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain and Inter Milan tried their hard to snatch the Argentine from Barcelona. In the end, Messi decided to stay at Barcelona till the end of his contract.
Neymar, who broke the transfer record in 2017 when he joined PSG from Barcelona for 222 million euro, was third on the list of highest-paid footballer in 2020 with ($96m, £74.7m). The flamboyant Brazilian recently signed a lucrative deal with sporting goods Puma. Neymar’s attacking partner at PSG, Kylian Mbappe came fourth on the list with $42m (£32.6m) earnings.
Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah grabbed the fifth spot with total earnings of $37m (£28.8m). Salah was one of the prime reasons behind Liverpool Premier League title win last season.
Forbes’ highest-paid footballers in 2020 (all figures in Australian dollars):
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): $172m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): $160m
3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain): $131m
4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain): $57.6m
5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): $51m
6. Paul Pogba (Manchester United): $46.6m
7. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona): $45m
8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $39.7m
9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): $38.4m
10. David De Gea (Manchester United): $37m