Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – Who is the highest paid footballer right now?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s money transfer to Manchester United saw him replace Lionel Messi as the world’s highest-paid footballer, according to the latest ranking released by TBEN.

Ronaldo is expected to earn $ 125million pre-tax in the 2021-22 season, with $ 70million coming from salary and bonuses for his return to United.

The 36-year-old is expected to earn around $ 55million (£ 40.31million) from trade deals, with only three other active athletes earning more commercially: Roger Federer ($ 90million), LeBron James (65million $) and Tiger Woods ($ 60 million). million).

Longtime rival Lionel Messi will earn $ 110million (£ 80.63million) this season, of which $ 75million (£ 50million) comes from his salary and bonuses at Parc des Princes , according to TBEN.

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The former Barcelona star will fill his PSG paycheck with around $ 35million in endorsements. PSG now claim three of the five highest-paid players in the world, including 29-year-old Neymar, who once again lands third with $ 95 million. , and Kylian Mbappe, 22, who is No.4 with $ 43 million.

In total, the 10 highest-paid footballers are expected to receive pre-tax income of around $ 585m (£ 428m) this season, up from a total of around $ 570m (£ 471m) l last year.

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