Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo to top footballers’ rich list

Lionel Messi has again beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to top the list of the world’s richest footballers.

In the annual list published by Forbes magazine, Messi – who was denied what would have been a highly lucrative transfer away from Barcelona earlier this summer – came out on top with total earnings of $126m (£98m), split between $92m (£71.6m) in salary and $34m (£26.4m) in endorsements.

Ronaldo came in second with earnings of $117m (£91m) combined with his status as the most followed footballer in the world on social media.

In what was a repeat of 2019’s top three, Neymar came in third on the Forbes list ($96m, £74.7m) with his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate, 21-year-old Kylian Mbappe, in fourth spot ($42m, £32.6m).

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