Forbes have released their annual list of the world’s top footballing earners over the last year with PSG heavily represented in the top ten rundown.
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PSG new signing Lionel Messi (34) places second on the list with $110m in earnings having been usurped from top spot by 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s $125m after the Portuguese re-joined Manchester United this summer. A large chunk of both players’ earning are derived from commercial endorsements and, while Messi’s earnings from salary exceeded Ronaldo’s despite taking a pay cut to join PSG, only Roger Federer, LeBron James and Tiger Woods of the world’s active athletes earn more than Ronaldo commercially. Both players have now passed the $1bn mark in career earnings, however.
Neymar takes third spot with $95m in earnings before a big jump down to fellow PSG forward Kylian Mbappé in fourth with $43m. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah rounds out the top five. A surprise comes via 37-year-old former Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta, now with J-League club Vissel Kobe, who’s $35m sees him take seventh on Forbes’ top ten list. Manchester United’s France international midfielder Paul Pogba ($34m) placed eighth.