The cash kings of football or highest paid footballers have always been a contentious issue in the sporting world. For many pundits, a footballer’s worth should be primarily measured on the pitch and not by endorsement deals.
But, over the years it has been based on wages and endorsements and this made Cristiano Ronaldo the king for a while. Well, the latest ranking is out and the Manchester United player sits atop the highest paid footballers once again.
In a new report by Forbes Magazine, the Portuguese player makes a whopping $125 million through wages and endorsement deals, followed by PSG’s Lionel Messi who will be making $110 million.
Highest Paid Footballers
1. Cristiano Ronaldo: He made a total earning of $125 million. $70 million was from salary and $55 million from endorsement deals. Ronaldo has made over $1 billionin career earnings before taxes, the first team-sport athlete in the world to hit that milestone.
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2. Lionel Messi: The Argentine playmaker comes in second with an earning of $110 million. The Paris Saint Germain star made $75 million from salaries and $35 million from endorsements.
3. Neymar: The Brazilian star made $95m with $75 million from salaries and $20 million from endorsements.
4. Kylian Mbappe: The French and Paris Saint Germain striker surprisingly comes in at 4th with an earning of $43 million. He made $28m from salaries and $15m from endorsements.
5. Mohammed Salah: The Egyptian and Liverpool player made $41 million. He made $25m from salaries and $16m from endorsements.
6. Robert Lewandowski: The Bayern Munich striker made $35 million with $27m coming from salaries and $8m from endorsements.
7. Andres Iniesta: Surprisingly, the former Barcelona midfielder makes the list. Iniesta is currently with Japanese club Vissel Kobe and he makes $31m from salaries and $4m from endorsements.
8. Paul Pogba: The Manchester United midfielder made $34 million. The 28-year-old is in the middle of a ten-year shoe contract with Adidas that is worth an estimated $45 million.
9. Gareth Bale: The Welsh player made $32 million with $26 m from salaries and $6m from endorsements.
10. Eden Hazard: The Belgian and Real Madrid player made $29m. This was from $26 million from salaries and $3m from endorsements.