Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United makes him world's highest-paid footballer

The Nation  |  Sep 23, 2021

Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Old Trafford has made him the highest-earning footballer in the world. The Man United forward now eclipses ex-Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi in Forbes' annual list.

CR7 will reportedly take home $125 million (before taxes) this season, with his salary and bonus amounting to a staggering $70 million.

Ronaldo earned a hefty $1.25 million per week at Serie A club Juventus – during his time in Italy he held second place on the list of the planet's best-paid footballers.

Today, Messi is now second – his bank account will bulge to the tune of $110 million this season, while the 34-year-old's good friend Brazilian playmaker Neymar, and French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, are ranked third and fourth respectively.

One of the main reasons Messi lost out on the top spot is his failure to agree a salary raise in his two-year contract with PSG, which is worth $83 million.

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Earlier, Messi had a four-year deal at the Nou Camp, which saw him earn over $650 million, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world. He was paid a staggering $2.9 million every week from 2016-2021 with the Spanish club.

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