The comparisons made between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are daily bread and in this case it is not because of their performance on the pitch.
Forbes magazine published the list of soccer players who most money they win in 2021 and both, of course, feature in it.
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However, this time the player of the Man Utd He ‘beat’ his Argentine rival, since he is in the first position. According to Forbes, the Portuguese is estimated to earn “$125 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season, with $70 million in salary and bonuses for his return to United.”
The magazine explains that the athlete has great selling power because he is the “most popular athlete in the world, with more than 500 million followers on his social networks: Facebook (149 million), Instagram (344 million) and Twitter ( 94.3 million)”.
This worldwide recognition, says the publication, allowed him to lead the list again.
Messi, who this year made a radical change in his career after leaving Barcelona, is in second place. At his new team, PSG, according to Forbes, “he will be paid $75 million, (which) helped him to No. 2 on the list with $110 million this season.”
And it is that the arrival of the star player from Argentina to the French team has meant not only millionaire income for him, but also for the football club. According to Efe, the immediate amortization of all the money that will cost Messi will come from three axes: social networks, unconventional merchandising and sponsorships. All this without taking into account the earnings that come from the Champions League (they can approach 100 million euros depending on the results).
See below the complete list:
one Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): 125 million dollars.
2 Lionel Messi (PSG): 110 million dollars.
3 Neymar (PSG): 95 million dollars.
4 Kylian Mbappé (PSG): 43 million dollars.
5 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): 41 million dollars.
6 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): $35 million.
7 Andrés Iniesta (Vissel Kobe): 35 million dollars.
8 Paul Pogba (Manchester United): $34 million.
9 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): 32 million dollars.
10 Eden Hazard (Real Madrid): 29 million dollars.
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