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Top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world

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Football is one of the most popular sports across the world and that’s why many footballers earn more than any other athletes.

Forbes released the annual list of highest-paid athletes among which are famous footballers such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others.

Here is the list of top 10 highest-paid  footballers.

1.Lionel Messi

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  • Club – Barcelona
  • Age – 32yrs
  • Earnings – $127m

Lionel Messi is ranked as the highest-paid footballer and athlete. He earns $127m: salary/winnings $92m, endorsements $35m.

2.Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Club – Juventus
  • Age – 34yrs
  • Earnings – $109m

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo comes second as highest-paid footballer. He earns $109m, which includes: salary/winnings $65m, endorsements $44m.


  • Club – PSG
  • Age – 27yrs
  • Earnings – $105m

Neymar’s earnings include salary/winnings $75m, endorsements $30m.

4.Paul Pogba

  • Club – Manchester United
  • Age – 26yrs
  • Earnings – $33m

Manchester United star maybe is ranked as 44th among the highest paid athletes in the world, but he is 4th among highest-paid footballers.

Pogba’s earnings include: salary/winnings $29m, endorsements $4m.

5.Andres Iniesta

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  • Club – Vissel Kobe
  • Age – 35yrs
  • Earnings – $32.5m

Andres Iniesta left Barcelona in 2018 and since that he is playing for Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

Iniesta’s earning contain salary/winnings $30m, endorsements $2.5m.

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