Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has become the second footballer to earn $1 billion, topping the Forbes Rich List this year. Cristiano Ronaldo, instead, makes the second place this year with an earning around £91 million, while Lionel Messi would earn £98 million this year.
Apart from being a football superstar in the Barcelona Football Club, Lionel Messi is also the face of Adidas and has multi-year contracts with Pepsi and the video game publisher, Konami. These deals and contracts have also facilitated Messi’s rise on the Forbes Rich List
See the top ten below:
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) – $126 million (£98 million)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – $117m (£91m)
- NeymarM (Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil) $96 million (£74.7 million)
- Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain & France) – $42 million (£32.6 million)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – $37 million (£28.8 million)
- Paul Pogba – $34 million (Manchester United & France) (£26.5 million)
- Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona & France) – $33 million (£25.7 million)
- Gareth Bale – $29 million (Real Madrid & Wales) (£22.6 million)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich & Poland) – $28 million (£21.8 million)
- David de Gea (Manchester United & Spain) – $27 million (£21 million).