But Argentina’s Maestro remains the richest footballer in the world. Lionel Messi was denied a possible money-spinning away from Barcelona this month following a contract-dispute,
According to a list compiled by Fortune, Messi’s total earnings this year (2019-2020) are $ 126 million – $ 92 million from his salary and $ 34 million in endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not in second place, although earning $ 117 million would soften the blow for Juventus forwards, as he would be ranked as the most followed footballer in the world on social media.
Neymar(PSG) comes in third on the Fortune list ($96 million) with his Paris St Germain teammate, 21-year-old Kylian Mbappe, up in fourth spot ($42 million).
Talking about the domestic football league, the Premier League remains the richest league in the world, with two of its outfield players in the top 10 of the wealth table
– Liverpool’s title-winning striker Mohammad Salah in fifth place ($ 37 million) and sixth Manchester United’s midfielder is Paul Pogba ($ 34 million)) and Manchester United keeper David de Gay ($ 27 million) is 10th.
Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann is in seventh place and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bell is in eighth place. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the only Bundesliga player in the ninth.
Lionel Messi reluctantly agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season this month, despite saying in the wake of an 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich that he wanted out.
He argued that a clause in his contract stated that the 700 million euro release fee would not require him to meet to join another club, which was no longer active and he could opt out on a free transfer – A situation that would have allowed him to command. Astronomical wages from the likes of Manchester City.
By contract Messi is in his final year, so he can go for free next summer. By staying with the Catalan club, Messi is in the queue for a $ 83 million loyalty bonus, so it is likely that he will continue to chart the money.