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Cristiano Ronaldo dethrones Lionel Messi as highest-paid footballer

As every year, Forbes unveiled its ranking of the highest paid sportsmen and footballers in the world. In 2021-22, Cristiano Ronaldo dethrones Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United saw him overtake Lionel Messi and become the highest-paid footballer according to Forbes this year.

Ronaldo is expected to earn € 106.5million pre-tax in the 2021-22 season, with € 59million coming from his salary and bonuses for his return to Old Trafford.

Messi, meanwhile, is right behind him, with € 94m. His new Paris Saint-Germain teammates, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, complete the top 4.

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Players Clubs Total revenues 2021-22 (in millions of euros)
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United


Lionel messi PSG


Neymar PSG


Kylian Mbappé PSG


Mohamed salah Liverpool 35
Robert lewandowski Bayern Munich


Andres Iniesta Vissel Kobe


Paul pogba Manchester United 28.9
Gareth Bale real Madrid


Eden Hazard real Madrid


Where does Cristiano Ronaldo stand compared to other athletes?

With 47 million euros in revenue from trade deals, Ronaldo is one of the highest paid athletes in the world in terms of sponsorship income.

Only three other active athletes earn more than the Manchester United star commercially: Roger Federer (€ 76.7m), LeBron James (€ 55m) and Tiger Woods (€ 51m) .

In total, the 10 highest-paid footballers are expected to receive pre-tax income of around 499 million euros this season, up from around 486 million last year.

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