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Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire player

Admin 15-Sep-2020 Sports

BARCELONA star Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire as he tops Forbes' rich list in 2020.

According to Forbes, the 33-year-old has pocketed over $1,000,000,000 in pre-tax earnings during his career - following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo.

And they have stated the Argentine international is the highest-paid footballer of 2020.

Messi is said to be set to pocket £98million in total this year from his salary and endorsements.

As well as being sponsored by the likes of Adidas and Pepsi, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has just released a limited edition Budweiser beer.

Juventus striker Ronaldo is second on the Forbes list, as they state he stands to earn £91m this year.

Unsurprisingly, Brazilian trickster Neymar - who could be handed a seven-game ban for punching Marseille defender Alvaro - is in third place.

The Paris Saint-Germain winger, who quit Nike to join Puma, is in line to pocket £75m, with his Les Parisiens team-mate Kylian Mbappe fourth with £33m. While there is a major gap between the top three earners on the list (Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar) and the rest of the field, the 21-year-old Mbappe—already a FIFA World Cup winner with France and a key fixture in a PSG side that reached the Champions League final this year—is on the rise.  

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah (£29m) is fifth thanks to his endorsements from Adidas and Vodafone Egypt.

Following him in sixth is Paul Pogba (£26.4m), with his French compatriot Antoine Griezmann seventh with the Barcelona man to earn £25.6m.

Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale - who is a loan target for Manchester United - is eighth with £22.5m thanks to his whopping wages at the Bernabeu.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is ninth with £21.7m, with Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea completing the top ten with the Spaniard to take home £21m.


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