Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi at the top of Forbes’ list of the highest-
paid footballers in the world, with the Manchester United star earning £91.5million
Based on the reported salaries and commercial income, Cristiano Ronaldo will earn
around $125 million (£91.5m) during the course of the 2021-22 season, out of
which £51.25 million will come through his salary from Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is extremely close in second place, earning $110 million
(£80.5m) during his first season at Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi’s PSG team-
mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappé round off the top 4.
Cristiano Ronaldo earns close to $55 million of his annual income from commercial
and sponsorship deals, which is one of the highest in the sporting world. Only three
active sportsmen are ahead of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in that regard. They
are tennis great Roger Federer ($90 million), basketball star LeBron James ($65
million) and golf star Tiger Woods ($60 million).
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead Forbes’ top 10 list of highest-paid footballers
in the world during the 2021-22 season. The list comprises of other superstars in the
game, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Mohamed Salah, Robert Lewandowski,
Andres Iniesta, Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, and Eden Hazard.