[Soccer]: Messi Overtakes Ronaldo As Highest Paid Footballer In The World (See List)


Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has overtaken Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football, according to France Football magazine.

Messi has raked in €126million euros ($154mn) in salary, bonuses, and commercial revenue, while his rival is making €94m.

Last season, Ronaldo led with €87.5m euros with Messi on €76.5m euros.

The two players who have split the last 10 Ballons d’Or are followed by Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian star Neymar on €81.5m euros.

There is a big gap to Ronaldo’s Real team-mate Gareth Bale on €44m euros and Barca defender Gerard Pique on €29m euros.

Top 5 player earners (gross wages, bonuses and commercial revenue in the 2017-2018 season):

1. Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona): €126m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid: €94m
3. Neymar (BRA/Paris Saint-Germain): €81.5m
4. Gareth Bale (WAL/Real Madrid): €44m
5. Gerard Pique (ESP/Barcelona): €29m

Jose Mourinho, however, remains at No 1 in the list of the top-earning managers in world football, with the Manchester United boss in line for £23m this term.

He sits ahead of China chief Marcello Lippi (£20m), Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone (£19m), Zinedine Zidane (£18m) and title-winner Pep Guardiola (£17.5m).


1. Jose Mourinho – £23m

2. Marcello Lippi – £20m

3. Diego Simeone – £19m

4. Zinedine Zidane – £18m

5. Pep Guardiola – £17.5m


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