Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:37 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been dominating the world football over the decade, whether it is on the pitch or off the pitch. The two of the best footballers of all time in the world have outshined every other footballer. Some of the players came close to the two, but never managed to move ahead of these two. The Portuguese star topped the highest-paid footballer's list, whereas Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar came in second and third place respectively.
The Juventus star once again became the highest-paid footballer after he earned $105 million over the year. Barcelona star Lionel Messi came to second place earning $104 million over the year, whereas former Barcelona star, Neymar trailed both the footballers earning $95.5 million over the last year. Their income is the total of salaries, bonuses, and endorsements.
The Portuguese and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the highest-paid footballer's list five times, out of which he topped the list of highest-paid athletes twice in 2016 and 2017. He topped the highest-paid footballer list twice in 2014 and 2015, having earned $73 million and $79 million respectively. He topped the highest-paid athletes twice in 2016 and 2017, having earned $88 million and $93 million respectively. He has once again topped the highest-paid footballer's list in 2020, having earned $105 million. Despite agreeing to a 30% pay cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he received $60 million in salary. The remaining $45 million came from his endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo also became the first footballer to earn $1 billion. He has earned over $600 in salary and the remaining from endorsements. The Portuguese star now has a net worth of $500 million.
The Argentine and Barcelona star finished in second place in the highest-paid footballer's list with a narrow margin. He earned $104 million over the year, only a million behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi earned $72 million in salary and $32 million came from endorsements.
Lionel Messi has topped the highest-paid footballer's list six times. He became the highest-paid footballer for five consecutive years between 2009 and 2014. He became the highest-paid footballer as well as the highest-paid athlete in 2019. He is Barcelona's highest-paid footballer since 2008. His net worth is estimated at $72 million.
Brazilian and PSG star Neymar came in third place, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Neymar has made the Forbes list as the third highest-paid athlete several times. The former Barcelona star transferred to the French club, PSG for a record 222 million Euros ($250 million) in 2017, becoming the most expensive transfer ever.
The Barcelona star earned $95.5 million over the year. $70.5 million of which came from his salary, whereas the remaining 25 million came from his endorsements. He has an annual salary of $70 million. His net worth is estimated at $185 million.