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Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ best-paid player after Man Utd move

Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi as the highest paid footballer in the world – but both still sit in the top two spots despite taking significant pay cuts.

Ronaldo left Juventus to join Manchester United, while Messi departed Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.

To facilitate an earlier exit from Italy to Old Trafford the former had to take a cut in his salary, while Messi saw his Spanish salary reduced by half in his new contract.

That substantial dip means Ronaldo has beat his rival in Forbes’ list of the best-paid players in the world for the 2021/22 season.



MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United poses after signing his contract with the club at Carrington Training Ground on September 08, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the number one spot after his summer move to Manchester United

He is potentially going to make £91.5m over the course of the campaign. In comparison, Messi could earn himself up to £80.5m, an £11m difference.

Ronaldo’s deal with the Red Devils could net him roughly £51.25m in wages, with the rest of his income coming from endorsements.

The Argentina captain actually has a higher maximum salary at £54.95m but will only receive £25.6m in sponsorship payments compared to Ronaldo’s £40m.

Which player will be the highest-paid in five years’ time? Please share your predictions with us in the comments.



Lionel Messi signs his 2 year contract with Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al Khelaifi on August 10, 2021 in Paris, France
Lionel Messi also signed for a new club but his PSG contract is worth half of his previous Barcelona deal

Last year Messi was bagging £95.24m per season, whereas Ronaldo was behind him on £87.91m.

Fellow PSG players Neymar (£69.5m) and Kylian Mbappe (£31.5m) are third and fourth on the new list respectively, demonstrating the financial power of the French club.

Liverpool star Mohammed Salah is next, though earns only a third of what Ronaldo will pocket as the second highest earning Premier League player with £30m.



Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain raise the Trophy after winning the French League Cup ( Coupe de France) final match against Olympique Lyonnais after the penalty kick session at Stade de France on July 31, 2020 in Paris, France
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe follow the megastars in the Forbes list and have every right to be laughing

Robert Lewandowski follows him on £26m with a major shock being 37-year-old Andres Iniesta, who still plays for Japanese club Vissel Kobe, in seventh place on the same amount.

Paul Pogba, who is into the final year of his deal with United, is eighth in the rankings (£25m) with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale coming in as the highest paid British player on £23.5m.

His Los Blancos team-mate and former Chelsea man Eden Hazard rounds off the top 10 with £21m.

Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes' best-paid player after Man Utd move
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