Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the top of the list of the highest-paid footballers in the world for 2021, surpassing his rival Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain striker.
According to Forbes, the 36-year-old Ronaldo earns an annual income of 125 million dollars, 70 million in annual salary, in addition to 55 million in commercial rights.
Messi, 34, also came out of first place in the list of the highest wages, with an annual income of 110 million dollars (75 million in salaries, in addition to 35 million in commercial rights).
As for the 29-year-old Brazilian Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain striker, he came in third place again with 95 million dollars (including 75 million in salaries, in addition to 20 million in commercial and advertising rights), and his French teammate, Kylian Mbappe, came fourth. The 22-year-old has a total income of $43 million.
The Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, the 29-year-old Liverpool winger, finished the top five, making $41 million this year, behind him came the Polish star Robert Lewandowski, the Bayern Munich striker, with $35 million.
Andres Iniesta, the 37-year-old former Barcelona striker, came seventh with $35 million, after signing a two-year extension contract with Japan’s Vissel Kobe.
In eighth place was the French star Paul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder, with 34 million dollars, and ninth, Gareth Bale, the Spanish star of Real Madrid, with 32 million dollars, and in the tenth place was his teammate, Eden Hazard, with 29 million dollars.