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The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the first footballer to earn a $1 billion, but Lionel Messi has once again overtaken him as the world’s highest-paid player. Here are football's 10 biggest earners in 2020/21, according to Forbes.

Click through the gallery above to see the highest-paid footballers today, as listed by Forbes.

American business magazine Forbes recently updated its annual rich list of football's top earners after Ronaldo led the ranking at the end of May.

However, Messi has climbed back to the top among football's biggest earners with an expected income of $126 million (R2.1 billion) in 2020/21.

The Argentine will earn $92 million (R1.5 billion) from his FC Barcelona salary after deciding to stay at the club following his transfer saga, plus another $34 million (R567 million) from sponsorship and endorsement deals.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, will receive $117 million (R1.95 billion) in 2020/21 should the season not be interrupted by a second wave of the coronavirus that could see clubs having to cut player salaries again.

The Juventus star will pockets $70 million (R1.17 billion) from his Juventus wages and another $47 million (R784 million) from endorsements.

Read: Messi To Become Football's Next Billionaire

According to Forbes, football's 10 highest-paid stars are expected to receive $570 million (R9.5 billion) in salary, bonus and endorsements this upcoming season, which would be an increase of 11% from 2019/20.

There are two Manchester United stars in the top 10, while players such as Mesut Ozil, Andres Iniesta and Oscar have dropped out of it – you can see the full list, which includes one African superstar, by scrolling through the gallery above!

Note: Forbes explain their methodology as follows: "To compile our list, we spoke with clubs, players' agents, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe. All figures are converted to U.S. dollars and include soccer salaries for the 2020/21 season, bonuses and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings are pre-tax."

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