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Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Lionel Messi as the highest-paid football player in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Lionel Messi as the highest-paid football player in the world, according to Forbes.

Following his move back to Manchester United, the Portuguese superstar is forecast to earn $125 million before taxes this season, with $70 million coming from his salary and bonuses alone.

Messi, meanwhile, is set to earn $110 million in the 2021-22 season, making him the second-highest earner in the game.




The 34-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona this year and is anticipated to earn more than Ronaldo in terms of salary, $75 million.

Ronaldo brings in $55 million in endorsements compared to Messi’s $35 million.

Messi’s PSG teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe sit third and fourth on the list, with the duo expected to earn $95 million and $43 million respectively.



Neymar, who recently signed a four-year extension, is expected to earn more than Ronaldo in terms of on-field earnings but has nowhere near the same pulling power when it comes to endorsements, forecast to bring in $20 million.

Overall, the Parisian side owns three of the top five highest-earning players on the planet, as it looks to assemble a team capable of winning the coveted Champions League trophy for the first time.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah makes up the top five, with the Egyptian expected to earn $41 million this season.

FORBES ESTIMATES: WORLD’S HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALLERS

•Cistiano Ronaldo $125 million
•Lionel Messi $110 million
•Neymar $95 million
•Kylian Mbappe $43 million
•Mohamed Salah $4 million
•Robert Lewandowski $35 million
•Andres Iniesta $35 million
•Paul Pogba $34 million
•Gareth Bale $32 million
•Eden Hazard $29 million