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Sports Lionel Messi tops Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, to become the highest earner in football

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Lionel Messi's U-turn about not leaving Barcelona has had its significance on his personal earnings as the Argentine star would emerge the highest paid footballer on the planet ahead of the new season, Forbes claim.

Portugal and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo came second on the list following his huge contract with the Italian club.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain forwards Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe made the top 5 list as the came 3rd and 4th respectively.
Liverpool forward, Mohammed Salah completes the top 5.

Manchester United midfield maestro Paul Pogba came 6th on list following his huge contract with the English club. His fellow national teammate Antoine Griezmann came 7th. Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale came 8th on the list, followed by champions league winner and Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski on 9th.
While, Manchester United and Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea complete the top 10.

The list below 👇Top 10 earners for the 2020/2021 season:

1. Name: Lionel Andres Messi Cuccitini

Nationality: Argentina
Club: Barcelona
Salary :$92m
Endorsements $34m
Total: $126m

It took FC Barcelona 105 years to win 64 trophies before Messi joined in 2005. In the past 16 years, he’s led the team to 34 trophy wins, a performance that has landed his name among the sport’s greats—and earned him $1 billion in pretax career earnings. This year, he dragged the soccer world through weeks of cliffhanger drama as he fought with the club about playing out the final year of his contract. He stayed, and stands to collect $92 million for doing so, but Messi Watch 2021 is in full force, with all eyes peeled for clues as to where he will turn up next.

2. Name: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro

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Nationality: Portugal
Club: Juventus
Salary :$70m
Endorsements $47m,
Total: $117m

Ronaldo is the most popular athlete on the planet with 457 million social media followers. He’s also the most engaged, per Hookit, regularly displaying his 0% body fat and poster-boy good looks for his CR7 lifestyle branded wear, health and wellness sponsors like Herbalife and Clear shampoo, and his lifetime sponsor Nike. In July,
he posted a video of himself narrating an encouraging letter he wrote to 10-year-old Brazilian soccer prodigy Julia Rosado and her tearful delight as she received it, along with the Swoosh’s latest Flight Ball. He is only the second man in history, after Iran’s Ali Daei, to have scored more than 100 international goals, recently passing the mark in Portugal’s UEFA Nations League match against Sweden.

3. Name: Neymar Da Silva Jr.

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Nationality: Brazil
Club: Paris Saint Germain
Total: $96m

4. Name: Kylian Mbappe Lottin
Nationality: France
Club: Paris Saint Germain
Salary :$28m
Endorsements :$14m
Total: $42m

5. Name: Mohammed Salah
Nationality: Egypt
Club: Liverpool
Salary: $24m
Endorsements: $13m
Total: $37m

6. Name: Paul Pogba
Nationality: France
Club: Man United
Salary: $28m Endorsements: $6m Total: $34m

7. Name: Antoine Griezmann
Nationality: France
Club: Barcelona
Salary: $28m Endorsements: $5m
Total: $33m

8. Name: Gareth Bale
Nationality: Wales
Club: Real Madrid
Salary: $23m Endorsements: $6m, Total: $29m

9. Robert Lewandowski
Nationality: Poland
Club: Bayern Munich
Salary: $24m, Endorsements: $4m Total: $28m

10. David De Gea
Nationality: Spain
Club: Man United
Salary: $24m, Endorsements: $3m, Total: $27m
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