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Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Lionel Messi and Neymar: 10 highest earning footballers in the world in 2021/22


Forbes have released their list of the ten highest earning footballers in the world for 2021/22, with the usual suspects leading the way.

Cristiano Ronaldo comes out on top with his earnings for this season, with the Manchester United superstar set to earn a total of £91.5m from his contract at Old Trafford as well as his other sponsorships and endorsements.

Robert Lewandowski (both at the top of his game) is also on the list.

We also have below-par performers such as Gareth Bale at Real Madrid and Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. Also, Andres Iniesta from Japan is clearly doing well after his move to Vissel Kobe.

Here’s the top ten in full…

10. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £21m

9. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £23.5m

8. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £25m

Paul Pogba is among the highest earners in world football

=6. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £26m

=6. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £26m

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £30m

4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £31.5m

Kylian Mbappe is fourth on the highest earners list

3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £69.5m

2. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £80.5m

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

2021-22 earnings (salary + endorsements): £91.5m

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