Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi has edged out Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s highest-earning footballer in 2020 according to a Forbes report.
Messi earned a whopping $126 million in 2020, $9 million more than his arch-rival Ronaldo.
Paris-Saint Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe follow the top two in the list with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah completing the top five.
Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann who’s struggled since his move to Catalunya is seventh in the list, while Gareth Bale who has largely been uninvolved at the Bernabeu is eighth in the list.
Manchester United’s David de Gea is the only goalkeeper in the top ten making the highest-paid custodian in world football. His teammate, Paul Pogba, also features in the top ten highest-earning footballers in the world.
Messi is likely to remain at the top in the coming year as well after deciding to stay at Barcelona who pays him a bumper $92 million as an annual salary. It’s unlikely that his next suitors if he decides to leave the Camp Nou, would pay that amount.
Here is the list of top ten highest-earning footballers
|Players||Club||Salary (in $)||Endorsements (in $)||Total income (in $)|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||92 million||34 million||126 million|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Juventus||70 million||47 million||117 million|
|Neymar||PSG||78 million||18 million||96 million|
|Kylian Mbappe||PSG||28 million||14 million||42 million|
|Mohamed Salah||Liverpool||24 million||13 million||37 million|
|Paul Pogba||Manchester United||28 million||6 million||34 million|
|Antoine Griezmann||Barcelona||28 million||5 million||33 million|
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||23 million||6 million||29 million|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||24 million||4 million||28 million|
|David de Gea||Manchester United||24 million||3 million||27 million|