Messi beats Ronaldo, Neymar to top Forbes world’s richest footballer list

Messi beats Ronaldo, Neymar to top Forbes world’s richest footballer list

Lionel Messi is the world’s wealthiest footballer, according to Forbes, after a report on his earnings put him above Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi’s total earnings for this year are $126 million $92m from his salary and $34m in endorsements.

Ronaldo comes in second, although earnings of $117m will soften the blow for the Juventus forward, as will his status as the most followed soccer player in the world on social media.

Messi beats Ronaldo, Neymar to top Forbes world’s richest footballer list - Tatahfonewsarena

Neymar is third on the Forbes list ($96 million) with his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, 21-year-old Kylian Mbappe, up in the fourth spot ($42m).

The Premier League remains the world’s richest domestic league, but only two of its outfield players feature in the top 10 of the wealth table: Liverpool’s title-winning striker Mohamed Salah in the fifth spot ($37m) and Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba ($34m) in sixth. Pogba’s teammate, keeper David de Gea ($27m), is 10th.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann is 7th, and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale eighth. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, the only Bundesliga player, is 9th.

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