Ronaldo leapfrogs Messi as Forbes’ highest-earning footballer
The legend’ary duo remain the best-paid players in football, with PSG stars tak’ing up thre’e of the top four spots.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s big-mo’ney move to Manch’ester Un’ited has helped him leap’frog Lionel Messi to beco’me Forbes’ highest-earning footballer this year.
Ronaldo is set to earn $125 mil’lion (£91.5m) before ta’xes during the 2021-22 sea”son, with $70m (£51.25m) of that com’ing from his salary and bonuses for his return to Old Traff’ord.
Messi, meanw’hile, sits just behind him at $110m (£80.5m) with his new Paris Saint-Germ’ain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mba’ppe round’ing out the top four
Forbes’ top 10 highest earners in football
|Player||Club||2021-22 Total earnings|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manc’hester United||$125m/|
|Lionel Messi||Paris ‘Saint-Germain||$110m/|
|Kylian Mbappe||Par’is Saint-Germain||$43m/|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bay’ern Munich||$35m/|
|Andres Iniesta||Viss’el Kobe||$35m/|
|Paul Pogba||Manch’ester United||$34m/|
|Gareth Bale||Real Mad”’rid||$32m/|
|Eden Hazard||Real Madrid||$29m/|
How does Ronaldo comp’are to other athletes?
With $55m (£40m) of his ear’nings coming from commercial de’als, Ronaldo is one of the hig’hest-paid athletes in the world whe’n it comes to spons’orship earn’ings.
Only three other act’ive athletes make more comme’rcially than the Manch’ester Unit’ed star: Roger Federer ($90m/£66m), LeBron James ($65m/£48m) and Tiger Woods ($60m/44m)
In total, the 10 high’est-paid footb’allers are set to collect pretax earnings of arou’nd $585m (£428m) this season, up from last year’s total of aro’und $570m (£471m).