Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi as the world’s highest-paid footballer this season, with more annual earnings by some of the sport's biggest names, such as Paul Pogba and Mohamed Salah, being revealed by Forbes!
Click through the gallery above to see the 10 best-paid football stars in the world in the 2021/22 season, according to Forbes.
It has been reported by Forbes that the Red Devils forward has leapfrogged his long-standing rival in the latest rich list, with the 36-year-old believed to be currently earning around $125 million (R1.8 billion) annually before taxes this season.
Ronaldo returned to United last month after 12 years away from Old Trafford and has since found the back of the net four times in his three appearances against teams Newcastle United, Young Boys and West Ham United.
On their website, the publication reveals just how much research goes into finding out these figures, saying: "To compile our list, we spoke with clubs, players’ agents, commercial sponsors and worldwide soccer experts. All figures are converted to U.S. dollars using the current exchange rate and include salaries (pretax) for the 2021-22 season, bonuses and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded."
About Messi dropping down to No. 2, Forbes wrote: "Knocked out of the No. 1 spot is his long-time rival, the 34-year-old Lionel Messi, who after 21 years at Barcelona—and a soap-opera year of departure drama—jumped to PSG, where he will be paid $75 million (R1.1 billion) this season, helping put him at No. 2 on the list with $110 million (R1.62 billion)."
Amazingly, Paris Saint-Germain boast three players in the top five highest-paid players in world football, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe following their new club colleague in Forbes’ latest earnings ranking.
In fifth place is the only African player in the list in the form of Liverpool’s Egyptian king Mohamed Salah, who will reportedly be paid an astonishing $41 million (R605 million) this season in salary and endorsements before deductions are made. See which players complete Forbes’ rich list in the gallery above!
Below are the 10 richest African footballers of all time, past or present: