Revealed – Four Highest Paid Footballers In The World In 2020


According to Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid celebrities in 2020, the world’s highest-earning celebs took home a combined $6.1 billion last year before taxes and fees.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest paid footballer in the world between June 2019 and May 2020, with the Portuguese superstar taking home $105m during the time period.

The Juventus forward had another trophy-laden year last season as he was the top-scorer of the Juve side that clinched the Serie A title. His off-the-field performances weren’t any bad either as the 35-year-old hit 200 million Instagram followers earlier this year.

As Ligalive had reported in December 2019, the Portuguese superstar is making the most of his mass following on the social media platform, as he earned 38.2million from his Instagram posts and took home, on average, £780,000 per post.

His nomination as the world’s top-earning footballer has come only a few months after it was revealed that Ronaldo had become the world’s first team player to earn a billion dollars during his career.

Revealed – Four Highest Paid Footballers In The World In 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's highest paid footballer in 2020 (Image Copyright: imago images / Federico Tardito / Insidefoto)

Lionel Messi is not far behind Ronaldo

Four Highest Paid Footballers In The World In 2020
The Argentine has handed-in a transfer request at Barcelona (Image Copyright: imago images / Cordon Press / Miguelez Sports)
The Argentine forward was awarded both the European Golden Shoe and FIFA’s Player of the Year for his performances for Barcelona last season.

His social media fan following might be lagging that of Ronaldo’s but Messi earned only 1m less than the Portuguese over the last financial year. The Argentine superstar earned the lion’s share of that amount from his contract with Barcelona that pays him over $80m per annum.

Messi supplemented his on-the-field earnings with his off-the-field remunerations last season as the Argentine launched his own clothing line as well as his first retail outlet, The Messi Store, in the Catalan city last September.

Not far behind Messi is his former Barcelona teammate Neymar. The Brazilian forward completed a world-record 222m move to French outfit PSG in 2017 and, as his remuneration figures show, Neymar has made the most of his move to Paris.

The contract that Neymar signed with PSG upon his arrival in Ligue 1 will see the Brazilian take home $350 million in salary through June 2022. Little wonder, then, that the striker took home a cool $95.5m in the 11 month spell between June 2019 and May 2020.

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is a distant fourth on the list

Four Highest Paid Footballers In The World In 2020
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The Egyptian winger has been a key part of the Liverpool side that has won the Champions League and Premier League titles in successive seasons.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the fourth highest-paid footballer last financial year as the Egyptian earned $35.1m between June 2019 and May 2020.

Salah signed a five year deal with Liverpool in 2018 that heavily incentivizes the forward for his performances in the Reds’ shirt. The forward, who is praised for reducing Islamophobia in the Merseyside, was also the face of Adidas’ Adicolor line of sportswear last year.

The 28-year-old Egyptian superstar has justified his mammoth earnings by being a consistently world class performer for the Reds since completing a 35m move from Serie A outfit Roma in the summer transfer window of 2017.

He was the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner in his first two seasons in England and was a key performer in the Liverpool squad that ended the club’s 30-year weight for the English top-flight title in June this year.

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