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The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

A list of the 20 highest-paid footballers in the world was recently published, and all of the game's biggest superstars seemingly made the cut. Check out where the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba rank on the listing!

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the 20 highest-paid footballers this season, bearing in mind salary, bonuses and commercial revenue, according to France Football.

The 20-man list of the world's best-paid footballers – which takes into consideration salary, bonuses and commercial revenue in 2018/19 – compiled by France Football is dominated by players who ply their trade in LaLiga, with eight of the allotted slots occupied by players in Spain's top flight.

In terms of positions, no goalkeepers appear in the top 20, with two defenders, seven midfielders and 11 forwards making up the list.

One player from Atletico Madrid features, namely 2018 FIFA World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann, while FC Barcelona have four representatives (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Gerard Pique) and Real Madrid three (Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos).

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Indicative of the growth of football in China, four of the players on the list play their football in Asia: former Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi, former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, ex-FC Porto striker Hulk and Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

Lavezzi is the only player from the Chinese Super League to feature in the top 10 – he currently occupies ninth spot with earnings of €28.3 million (R451 million)

At the summit of the podium is five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, who is understood to be earning a staggering €130 million (R2.0 billion) in revenue from deals with the likes of adidas, Gatorade, MasterCard, Pepsi and LAY'S, to mention a few of the Argentine's sponsors.

Ronaldo is in second position with €113 million (R1.7 billion) amassed in earnings from deals with Armani, Castrol, NIKE and Tag Heuer, among others. In completing the move to Turin, the former Manchester United superstar became the highest earner in Serie A and is said to now be earning €10 million (R159 million) more in annual salary than he did in Spain.

Brazil superstar Neymar, who became the world's most expensive player in the history of the game following his €222 million (R3.5 billion) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017, is third with total earnings of €91.5 million (R1.4 billion), with the 27-year-old being sponsored by the likes of Beats by Dre, Nike, Red Bull, Gillette and McDonalds.

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Others stars in the top 20 include Philippe Coutinho, Gareth Bale and Pogba – click through the gallery to see the 20 highest-paid footballers across the globe, according to France Football!

Do you think these players deserve these kinds of salaries? Which player's earnings came as the biggest shock to you, and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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