Cristiano Ronaldo has replaced Lionel Messi as the highest paid player in the world of football this season, after his move from Juventus to Manchester United.
Ronaldo was second in last year’s rankings behind Messi who was then seeing out the final year of a lucrative contract at FC Barcelona
Reports reaching Ghana Africa News that, Ronaldo’s summer transfer movement from Juventus to Manchester United have seen Ronaldo leapfrog Messi to become the highest paid player in the world.
Ronaldo is set to earn a whopping $125m (£91.63m) before taxes over the course of the 2021-22 season.
From sponsorship deals, Ronaldo stands to earn $55m (£40.31m) more than any other footballer. Only a little over half – $70m (£51.31m) – of the overall figure will actually come from his United salary . Only LeBron James, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods will receive higher figures from sponsorship deals in the world of sport in the coming months.
Ronaldo is considered the world’s most popular athlete. Across social media platforms Facebook (149 million), Instagram (344 million) and Twitter (94.3 million), Ronaldo boasts more than half a billion followers online
That alone, makes Ronaldo a lucrative prospect in football, and ensures that sponsors pay lucrative sum to secure his services.
Messi is in second spot, given that he’ll receive an estimated $110m (£80.63m) during his first season at Paris Saint-Germain. The 34-year-old will earn $75m (£50m) of that sum from his playing contract, plus bonuses, while the rest will come from sponsorship deals of his own.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, earning an estimated $95m (£69.68m) and $43m (£31.54m) respectively over the course of the 2021/22 campaign. comes third oand third respectively.
Mohamed Salah is fifth in the rankings, boasting expected earnings of $41m (£30.6m), while Robert Lewandowski is sixth with $35m (£25.66m).
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