Revealed – Top 10 richest players in world football

The annual list of 10 richest players in world football has been compiled by Forbes after the magazine spoke to agents, clubs, commercial sponsors and experts.

Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to become the highest-earning player in world football, reveals the list of top 10 highest earning footballers prepared by Forbes.

The Barcelona forward took home $126m in pre-tax earnings last year, with $92m of his earnings coming from his salary and sponsorship deals paying the remaining $34m.

Ronaldo wasn’t far behind Messi as the Juventus and Portugal forward’s total earnings stood at $117m for the year. The 35-year-old’s salary in Turin is $70m and he earns $47m from endorsements.

His earnings figures

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