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NEWS UPDATE: Ronaldo overtakes Messi as highest earner in world football [See top 10]

NEWS UPDATE: Ronaldo overtakes Messi as highest earner in world football [See top 10]

Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has overtaken Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi as the highest earner in world football, according to Forbes.

Ronaldo’s transfer to Man United has made him the highest-paid footballer in the world, overtaking challenger Messi.

The Portugal captain will earn nearly €107 million gross, including a salary of shut to €60 million and to a greater extent than €40 million in earnings from sponsorships and partnerships with brands including Nike, Herbalife and the CR7 brand, which includes perfumes, article of clothing ranges, hotels and gyms this flavor.

Only 3 athletes, Lawn tennis legend Roger Federer (close to €77 million), basketball game star LeBron James (€55.5 million) and golfer Tiger Woods (€51 million) have to a greater extent commercial earnings than Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s latest earnings have seen him overtake Messi, whose displace to PSG from Barcelona, will reckon him earn around €94 million gross, with a salary of €64 million, but with lower commercial earnings.

Messi is sponsored by brands including Adidas, Pepsi and Budweiser.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar is third-highest earner behind Ronaldo and Messi.

The Brazilian earns €81 million, despite having the same salary as his team-mate Messi.

Below is Forbes’ top 10 highest earners in football in 2021-22;
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – £91.5m ($125m)

2. Lionel Messi – £80.5m ($110m)

3. Neymar – £69.5m ($95m)

4. Kylian Mbappe – £31.5m ($43m)

5. Mohamed Salah – £30m ($41m)

6. Robert Lewandowski – £26m ($35m)

7. Andres Iniesta – £26m ($35m)

8. Paul Pogba – £25m ($34m)

9. Gareth Bale – £23.5m ($32m)

10. Eden Risk – £21m ($29m)





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