Forbes has released the list of highest-earning players of the 2021/22 season, with Cristiano Ronaldo surpassing long time rival Lionel Messi as the world’s highest-paid football player.
Ronaldo will earn $125 million before taxes in the campaign, with $70 million coming from salary and bonus. The earnings were boosted by his recent transfer to Manchester United from Juventus.
Messi follows in second with a total of $110m while Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah rounds out the top five.
In total, the top ten highest-paid players will collect pretax earnings of $585 million this season, up from last year’s $570 million.
Forbes’ top 10 highest earners in football
|Player||Club||Total Earnings (2021/22)|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||$125m|
|Lionel Messi||Paris Saint-Germain||$110m|
|Neymar Jr||Paris Saint-Germain||$95m|
|Kylian Mbappe||Paris Saint-Germain||$43m|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||$35m|
|Andres Iniesta||Vissel Kobe||$35m|
|Paul Pogba||Manchester United||$34m|
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||$32m|
|Eden Hazard||Real Madrid||$29m|