Cristiano Ronaldo is now ahead of Lionel Messi, who is still in second place. The new darling of Paris-Saint-Germain should earn 110 million dollars. A sum equally divided with 75 million dollars received on the field and 35 million due to its various partnerships including with Adidas.
Three Parisians in the top 5 and two French in the top 10
With the new Parisian number 30, we find the Brazilian Neymar in third place to complete the podium. He is followed by French striker Kylian Mbappé in fourth place ahead of Mohammed Salah and Robert Lewandowski. After that, Catalan legend exiled to Japan Andres Iniesta comes in at seventh. One place further back, Manchester United and France’s number 6 Paul Pogba is in eighth place. Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, the Real Madrid strikers, are the last two players in the Top 10 of the world’s highest paid footballers.
A new distinction for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese striker has risen to the first place in the Forbes ranking of the highest paid soccer players in the world. He is now ahead of Lionel Messi. The new Manchester United player is expected to earn $125 million before taxes during the 2021/2022 season.
Still according to the American magazine, on the total amount that would receive the five-time golden ball, 75 million dollars correspond to his salary and his signing bonus for his return to Old Trafford. The remaining $55 million is for his partnerships with Nike, Herbalife and Clear as well as the development of his CR7 brand. Having started with underwear, CR7 now represents perfume, glasses, hotels and gyms.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker has quite an important strike force thanks to his immense popularity on social networks. At the beginning of 2021, he became the first person in the world to exceed 500 million followers across the three platforms Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.