Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United has officially replaced Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain to be the highest-earning paid football player in this history of the sporting world by earning an eye-watering $125m before taxes in 2021-22 season after making his announcement to Manchester United with $70m coming from his salaries and bonuses, according to the Forbes magazine. The reason behind this was the biggest transfer window move made within 24 hours, that the football superstar is now the best selling sports athlete in the history of the sports industry. He has recently leapfrogged NBA legend, LeBron James, NFL legend Tom Brady and many more to take the top spot.
The world's ten highest-paid soccer players are expected to collect pre-tax earnings of $585 million this season, up from last year's $570 million.
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— Forbes (@Forbes) September 21, 2021
This marks a sweet victory over his long time rival Lionel Messi who is now second in the all-time highest-earning paid athlete in the world who recently joined Paris Saint Germain in August, hence shocking the world with this amazing transfer. The Red Devil striker is expected to make $55m in just commercial sponsorships alone, ranking the fourth spot only behind Roger Federer, Lebron James and golf legend Tiger Woods.
Cristiano Ronaldo also is known to have a massive big on the fan the following page as there are millions inspired by him. He alone has a total of half a billion followers on social media across Twitter (95 million followers) Facebook (149 million followers) and Instagram (344 million followers) making him the most popular celebrity in the entire world. Second, to the list is Lionel Messi who earns and will be paid $75 million this season and overall earning a massive total of $110 million keeping him on the second spot. Third place goes to the Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr who has been in the club for the last 5 years also will be paid a mouth-watering $95 million in total, making him the most expensive player in Brazil. Kylian Mbappe takes the fourth spot with an earning of $43 million.
Egyptian King Mohammed Salah takes fifth place with an exclusive earning of $41 million. Golden Shoe winner Robert Lewandowski bags the sixth spot with an earning of $35 million. Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta takes the seventh spot by earning $34 million as some of the salaries comes from the Japanese club, Vissel Kobe. French midfielder Paul Pogba is in the eight positions by earning $34 million as he is one of the most successful midfielders ever.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is the most expensive British player with a large amount of $32 million and lastly, Eden Hazard of Real Madrid completes the top 10 who is set to earn $29 million this season according to the list of Forbes.