Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ best-paid footballer with the Manchester United star picking up £92MILLION a year following his Old Trafford return

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes list of highest paid footballers in the world
  • Lionel Messi topped last year’s list but overtook rival Ronaldo
  • Both players recently made summer moves to Manchester United and PSG
  • Ronaldo could earn £91.5m this season compared to Messi’s £80.5m contract
  • Liverpool’s Mo Salah is in the top ten with Andres Iniesta and Gareth Bale
  • Forbes figures related to the salary that each player can earn in the next season

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Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi Forbes list of highest paid footballers in the world, with the Manchester United star potentially earning £91.5million this season.

Ronaldo and Messi, two of the world’s most high-profile players today, both made transfers to United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively during a busy window this summer.

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Messi’s move to French giants PSG could earn him £80.5m this season, but his earnings are far less than the 36-year-old Portuguese star Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester after 12 years away from Old Trafford.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid player in football at £91.5m since moving to Man United

Messi was the highest paid player last season but the new PSG star has been dropped at the top

Messi was the highest paid player last season but the new PSG star has been dropped at the top

Ronaldo’s Red Devils deal could see him collecting £51.25m in basic salary and performance-related bonuses, while the rest of his package is coming from advertising including sponsorships.

Argentine star Messi, meanwhile, has a higher basic salary and bonus structure than Ronaldo – earning £54.94m per year – but he collects only £25.6m in annual sponsorship payments compared to Ronaldo’s £40m annual sum. We do.

Had Messi stayed at former club Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish giants letting him on a free transfer because they couldn’t afford to keep him, he would have easily been named by Forbes as the highest-paid footballer Because his total earnings were sitting in Spain. At £95.24m per year.

The 34-year-old was handed a £71m a year package by Barcelona last season but let him go just before the Catalan announced a £1.15bn loan last month.

Ronaldo (left) and Messi (right) have both taken their pay cuts compared to the previous term

Ronaldo (left) and Messi (right) have both taken their pay cuts compared to the previous term

Top ten highest earners in Forbes Football 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 Hazard – £21m ($29m)

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Both Messi and Ronaldo will earn less this season than in previous years, although their moves have earned new contracts.

Ronaldo was just behind Messi in the last season’s list released in May this year, earning a total package of £87.91m including endorsements.

Messi’s PSG team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are third and fourth on the list respectively, with the Brazilian signing a new £54.95m a year contract in May, meaning he is on par with Messi in terms of basic salary. earn amount.

However, Neymar charges slightly less money than Messi in endorsement fees, earning the Brazilian £14.65m in this category.

Mbappe, whose PSG contract expires at the end of this season, earns £31.5m a season, including £20.5m in salary from PSG.

Mohamed Salah is the second highest paid Premier League player after Ronaldo, with the Liverpool Egyptian star earning a combined £30m a year, with the majority of that fee coming from salary.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is next on the list with earnings of £25m, while 37-year-old Andres Iniesta is the seventh-highest paid player in the world despite playing for Japanese club Wissel Kobe, earning him £22.7m in basic salary. Paying.

Paul Pogba joins United teammate Ronaldo in the top ten at £24.9m, while Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is the highest-paid British player at £23.4m. His fellow Los Blancos star Eden Hazard completes the top ten at £21.25m.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is the second highest paid Premier League player after Ronaldo

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the second highest paid Premier League player after Ronaldo

Despite playing for Japan's Wissel Kobe, 37, Andres Iniesta is tied sixth on the list.

Despite playing for Japan’s Wissel Kobe, 37, Andres Iniesta is tied sixth on the list.

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