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World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021

World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021

According to Forbes  Cristiano Ronaldo is ahead of rival Lionel Messi as the highest-paid football player in the world.

World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo
  1.   Cristiano Ronaldo — $125M

Ronaldo is going to to receive $125 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season. $70 million comes from salary and bonus for his return to United, where between 2003 and 2009 he delivered three consecutive Premier League titles and a Champions League crown. The rest comes from personal endorsements and partnerships with brands including Nike, Herbalife, Clear and his ever-expanding CR7-branded portfolio that includes perfume, underwear, eyewear, hotels, gyms and more. Only three other active athletes make more commercially: Roger Federer ($90 million), LeBron James ($65 million) and Tiger Woods ($60 million). Ronaldo marked his return to Man U’s Old Trafford by hitting the back of the net twice. He now has four goals in three games on the season in the world’s best league.

World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021
Lionel Messi

2. Lionel Messi — $110M

Down one spot from his longtime rival, Lionel Messi, 34, who after 21 years at Barcelona moved to PSG, where he will be paid $75 million this season, helping put him at No. 2. Messi’s move to PSG was forced after Spain’s La Liga clamped down on FC Barcelona’s wage spending, forcing the club to end negotiations with its record six-time world’s top player of the year, who had played for Barça since he was 13 years old. He also has an estimated $35 million in endorsements from the likes of Adidas, Pepsi, watchmaker Jacobs & Co. and Budweiser, which he just picked up last year under a three-year deal.

World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021
Neymar

3. Neymar — $95M

PSG now claims three of the world’s five highest-paid players, including the No. 3 29-year-old Neymar, once again with $95 million.

World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021
Kylian Mbappe

4. Kylian Mbappe — $43M

 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is No. 4 with $43 million.

World’s Highest Paid Football Players 2021
Mohamed Salah

5. Mohamed Salah — $41M

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, 29, rounds out the top five with $41 million. 

Forbes compiles its list by speaking to clubs, sponsors, player agents and financial experts and estimates the top 10 earners will collect pretax earnings of $585 million this season, an increase on last year’s haul of $570 million.

See the rest of the top 10 below.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo — $125M
  2. Lionel Messi — $110M
  3. Neymar — $95M
  4. Kylian Mbappe — $43M
  5. Mohamed Salah — $41M
  6. Robert Lewandowski — $35M
  7. Andres Iniesta — $35M
  8. Paul Pogba — $34M
  9. Gareth Bale — $32M
  10. Eden Hazard — $29M

*expected earnings for 2021-22 season

Source: Forbes

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