Ronaldo is set to earn $125 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.25m) of that coming from his salary and bonuses for his return to Old Trafford
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has leapfrog PSG's Lionel Messi to become Forbes' highest-earning footballer this year, reports Goal.com.
Ronaldo is set to earn $125 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.25m) of that coming from his salary and bonuses for his return to Old Trafford.
Messi, meanwhile, sits just behind him at $110m (£80.5m) with his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and
Kylian Mbappe rounding out the top four.
|Player||Club||2021-22 Total earnings|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||$125m/|
|Lionel Messi||Paris Saint-Germain||$110m/|
|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/|
In total, the ten highest-paid soccer players are expected to collect pretax earnings of $585 million this season, up from last year’s $570 million. Salary and bonus make up the bulk of the total—$415 million—and are up a modest 2.6% from last year as most clubs continue to be cautious in the face of uncertainty around emerging Covid-19 strains reports Forbes.
Source: Goal.com, Forbes