According to the most recent Forbes rankings, Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Lionel Messi as the highest-paid player in the world. In 2021-22, the Portuguese footballer is expected to earn $125 million before giving any tax. Almost $70 million of this astounding figure will be coming from salary and bonuses. In addition, commercial partnerships are expected to bring in $55 million for the 36-year-old star.
CR7 Topples His Arch Rival, Messi
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after six years away with Juventus in a surprise move. This year, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record 111 goals for Portugal, surpassing the former mark of 109 held by Iranian Ali Daei.
For the 2021-22 season, Ronaldo is expected to make $125 million before taxes, with salary and bonuses totaling $70 million. From commercial deals, he will earn $55 million. Only Roger Federer ($90 million), LeBron James ($65 million), and Tiger Woods ($60 million) make more money commercially than the 36-year-old Portuguese football player.
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At the Parc des Princes, Lionel Messi will make $110 million. According to Forbes, Approx $50 million of this figure will arrive in salary and bonuses, making him his longtime rival’s most significant financial threat, according to Forbes. In addition, the former Barcelona legend will make approximately $35 million in endorsement deals to supplement his PSG salary.
Other Players In The Top 10 List
In the 2019-20 season, Neymar will get $95 million, while Mbappe will make $43 million. In addition, five-time Premier League champion Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is anticipated to make $41 million this year, while Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is projected to get $35 million.
Andres Iniesta, a former Barcelona player, is the 7th-highest-paid athlete globally, earning $35 million annually. With a $34 million contract, Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba will be the eighth highest-paid player. Gareth Bale of Real Madrid is the ninth most paid player globally, with earnings of $32 million anticipated in 2019. To round out the top 10, we’ve got former Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, who’s projected to make $29 million this year.
PSG currently has three of the world’s top five highest-paid footballers, including 29-year-old Neymar, who ranks 3rd yet again with $95 million, and 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who seems to be ranking 4th with $43 million. Pretax earnings for the top 10 footballers are expected to reach $585 million (£428 million) this season, up from $570 million (£471 million) last year.
What We Think
We think 2021 is bringing a lot of surprises for the football heartthrob, Cristiano Ronaldo. After claiming the throne of the highest goal scorers in football history, he again topped another critical chart. As he becomes the world’s highest-paid soccer player, we wish to see what other players say about it. We will inform you as soon as we get more updates on this story.