Ronaldo overtakes Messi as highest earner in world football [See top 10]

Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has overtaken Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi as the highest earner in world football, according to Forbes.

Ronaldo’s transfer to Man United has made him the highest-paid footballer in the world, overtaking rival Messi.

The Portugal captain will earn almost €107 million gross, including a salary of close to €60 million and more than €40 million in earnings from sponsorships and partnerships with brands including Nike, Herbalife and the CR7 brand, which includes perfumes, clothing ranges, hotels and gyms this season.

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Only three athletes, Tennis legend Roger Federer (approximately €77 million), basketball star LeBron James (€55.5 million) and golfer Tiger Woods (€51 million) have more commercial earnings than Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s latest earnings have seen him overtake Messi, whose move to PSG from Barcelona, will see him earn around €94 million gross, with a salary of €64 million, but with lower commercial earnings.

Messi is sponsored by brands including Adidas, Pepsi and Budweiser.

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Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar is third-highest earner behind Ronaldo and Messi.

The Brazilian earns €81 million, despite having the same salary as his team-mate Messi.

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Below is Forbes’ top ten highest earners in football in 2021-22;

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – £91.5m ($125m)

2. Lionel Messi – £80.5m ($110m)

3. Neymar – £69.5m ($95m)

4. Kylian Mbappe – £31.5m ($43m)

5. Mohamed Salah – £30m ($41m)

6. Robert Lewandowski – £26m ($35m)

7. Andres Iniesta – £26m ($35m)

8. Paul Pogba – £25m ($34m)

9. Gareth Bale – £23.5m ($32m)

10. Eden Hazard – £21m ($29m)

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