September 22, 2021 || 12:05 pm

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

PlayerClub2021-22 Total earnings
Cristiano RonaldoManc’hester United$125m/
Lionel MessiParis ‘Saint-Germain$110m/
NeymarPari’s Saint-Germain$95m/
Kylian MbappePar’is Saint-Germain$43m/
Mohamed SalahLiver’pool$41m/
Robert LewandowskiBay’ern Munich$35m/
Andres IniestaViss’el Kobe$35m/
Paul PogbaManch’ester United$34m/
Gareth BaleReal Mad”’rid$32m/
Eden HazardReal 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).

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