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The 20 highest earning footballers: Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo again to top football rich list

The magazine revealed the names of 20 of the highest earning footballers in the world right now, with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi topping the list for the fifth time in the last six years with a total earning of £48 million.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has been named as football’s top earner

In the recently released survey by France Football, the magazine revealed the names of 20 of the highest earning footballers in the world right now, with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi topping the list for the fifth time in the last six years with a total earning of £48 million.

Messi takes home a staggering annual salary of £26 million as Barcelona’s highest earning player in addition to his high profile endorsement contracts with Turkish Airlines, Electronic Arts and Adidas.

He is followed by rival Cristiano Ronaldo who raked in £40m last year, £10m less than what he did earlier. On the third place is Barcelona’s Neymar with a take home earning of £26.8 million last year, making him the highest earning footballer under the age of 25.

The 20 highest-earning footballers in the world:

Position
Player
Club Net Earning (€)
1 Lionel Messi Barcelona 65 million
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 54 million
3 Neymar JR Barcelona 36.5 million
4 Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain 27.5 million
5 Robin Van Persie Manchester United 25.6 million
6 Gareth Bale Real Madrid 23.8 million
7 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 22.5 million
8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain 21.5 million
9 Sergio Agüero Manchester City 21.2 million
10 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 20.2 million
11 Eden Hazard Chelsea 20 million
  Yaya Toure  Manchester City 20 million
13 Angel Di Maria Manchester United 18.5 million
  Radamel Falcao  Manchester United 18.5 million
15 Iker Casillas Real Madrid 17.8 million
16 David Silva  Manchester City 17.3 million
  Cesc Fabregas Chelsea 17.3 million
18 David Luiz  Paris Saint-Germain 17.2 million
19 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 17 million
20 Mario Götze  Bayern Munich 16.9 million
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