Cristiano Ronaldo has become the highest-paid footballer in the world, beating his sporting rival Lionel Messi. According to Forbes’ latest list, his earnings in the 2021-22 season were over $125 million before taxes, with about $70 million coming from his salary.
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His transfer to Manchester United has also contributed to making him the highest-paid footballer in the world. He will make at least $10 million more than Messi, despite Argentinian’s move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). He could make $91.5 million this season, with Messi’s potential earnings $80.5 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes’ highest-paid footballer list with total earnings of $125 million. Out of the 125, $70 million is the Portuguese’s salary, while he draws $55 million from brand endorsements.
According to Forbes, there are only three other active athletes in the world who earn more than Ranaldo commercially. They are Roger Federer, LeBron James and Tiger Woods.