Posted on March 20, 2021 at 4:40 pm

Lionel Messi tops the list of the highest paid football players in the world

(Web Desk) – Lionel Messi leaves his rivals in the dust when it comes to pay, earning just under double Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary, according to new figures released.

Barcelona have £ 1.1 billion in debt but the club’s talisman is being paid incredibly well with gross monthly wages of £ 7 million.

In contrast, his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo earns a monthly amount of £ 3.8million, according to figures at Juventus.

So, over a year, Messi is taking home a pre-tax salary of £ 107.6m compared to Ronaldo’s £ 46.5m.

Messi and Ronaldo took precedence over European club football for years, so it’s no surprise their names top the list.

Among them, Neymar ranks third with an annual pre-tax salary of £ 31.3 million for French giants Paris-Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian’s earning power at PSG is higher than that of teammate Kylian Mbappe at £ 21.4m a year.

But the 22-year-old Frenchman could soon overtake Neymar either by signing a new, improved deal with PSG or by securing a big cash move this summer.

Overall, 10 of the highest paid Ligue 1 players are PSG and Wissam Ben Yedder is the first name of any other club on the list for Monaco at £ 6.8m.

Fourth on the overall list is another Barcelona star, Antoine Griezmann.

The striker has not reached the heights he expected since joining from Atletico Madrid but is still earning an annual pre-tax salary of £ 29.7m.

On the same level as him is a man who went the other way, from Barcelona to Atletico.

Luis Suarez makes every penny of his £ 29.7million helping Diego Simeone’s side lead the title race in Spain this season.
In the Premier League, Manchester clubs play their financial muscles with four of the top five paid players at United or City.

The top spot, however, belongs to Tottenham borrower Gareth Bale who, despite not starting in the Premier League for most of the season, is making £ 25.6m. Of that, 40 percent is paid for by Spurs and the rest by Real Madrid.

He’s in the lead ahead of David de Gea, who risks losing his spot to United’s No. 1 Dean Henderson.

De Gea’s annual pre-tax salary is £ 18.9 million, ahead of Kevin de Bruyne at £ 16.1 million, Raheem Sterling at £ 15.2 million and Paul Pogba at £ 14.5 million.

Bayern Munich players are among the top 5 in the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski takes first place together with Manuel Neuer. Both men make £ 17.4m a year ahead of Leroy Sane (£ 15.36), Thomas Muller (£ 13.2m) and Lucas Hernandez (£ 11.2m).

While Ronaldo is way ahead in Serie A, he is led by Rome’s Edin Dzeko (£ 10.9m), Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt (£ 10.4m) and Inter-Milan duo Romelu Lukaku (9, £ 7m) and Christian is pursuing Eriksen for the same amount.