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Messi Overtakes Ronaldo On Forbes Rich List

Lionel Messi Overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo On Forbes Rich List

By David Kappel - Jun 06, 2018 07:16 PM @kappilinho

Cristiano Ronaldo was the world's highest paid athlete over the past two years, but he has now dropped to third spot in Forbes' latest rich list, with his longstanding rival Lionel Messi overtaking him as the best-earning footballer.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see the three highest paid footballers in 2018, according to Forbes.

The Portuguese topped the ranking in 2016 and 2017, but Messi, along with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, surpassed him in 2018.

Messi's annual salary, including bonus payments, is said to be $84 million (R1.07 billion) following his latest contract extension, while he also earned an extra $27 million (R343 million) from endorsement deals with the likes of adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi and Huawei to take his overall income to $111 million (R1.41 billion).

Ronaldo ranks among the three top-earning athletes for a sixth straight year after receiving $108 million (R1.37 billion) over the past year. His income is based on a $61 million (R774 million) salary and another $47 million (R596 million) from sponsorship and endorsement deals with the likes of Herbalife, EA Sports and American Tourister, as well as his own "CR7" branded products and hotels.

Neymar is the third football star in the ranking, and sits in fifth place overall on Forbes rich list, one spot behind mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. The Brazilian pocketed $71 million (R901 million) in salary and bonus payments, plus another $19 million (R241 million) from sponsorship and endorsement deals to take his overall income to $90 million (R1.14 billion).

Read: New Player Replaces Neymar As World's Most Valuable Star, CR7 24th!

Note: Forbes' earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders. All amounts are before taxes and agent fees.

Do you think Messi deserves to earn more than Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments section below.


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RoMzaaaa Joined: 28 Feb 2014
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RoMzaaaa Jun 13, 2018 12:23 AM
The amount of money these guys earn is madness Yhoa! In my entire years of slavering I will never get close to what they make in a month perhaps a day or even an hour maybe even a minute...life is not fair!
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STOANICIOUS Jun 08, 2018 09:07 AM
Ronaldo will not take this well, as he is so into this rivalry of him and Messi with everything.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 07, 2018 03:57 PM
Messi leads penaldo and Neymar they follow
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vijjox Jun 07, 2018 09:27 AM
He overtakes him after six years
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nazzi the second Jun 07, 2018 09:01 AM
what about the money they spent? new could be spending more
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Matayitayi Jun 07, 2018 08:45 AM
He has 4 more years to be in top with his new contracts
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Matayitayi Jun 07, 2018 08:44 AM
Messidona
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Masha84 Jun 07, 2018 08:20 AM
First of all Ronaldo is the Richest football player currently. Making a few millions more doesn't mean Messi overtook CR7
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Boris Becker Jun 07, 2018 07:57 AM
Ok
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MR E Jun 07, 2018 04:43 AM
Messi deserve to be in highest in the Forbes
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LeCowhlohlo Jun 06, 2018 11:31 PM
Messi messi messiiiiiii
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Faysal Jun 06, 2018 09:41 PM
Messi
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indidanee Jun 06, 2018 09:22 PM
My King
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S@ Velley thabane Jun 06, 2018 08:32 PM
Dy earn lot of money hxt
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Golden Boots Jun 06, 2018 08:17 PM
5 Star Lionel Messi!
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pato Jun 06, 2018 07:50 PM
No news here....Messi is a fraudster,a criminal..

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