In the annual financial ranking Messi (Barcelona) – $ 126 million (92 million salaries and 34 million from other additional sources, including advertising contracts) is ahead of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin) – 117 million (70 + 47) and Brazilian Neymara (Paris Saint-Germain) – 96 mln (78 + 18).
The captain of the Polish national team and the best striker of Bayern Munich are in ninth position Lewandowski – 28 mln (24 + 4).
Before him were classified: French Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) 42 million Egyptian Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) – 37, the next French Paul pogba (Manchester United) – 34 i Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) – 33 and the Welshman Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 29th The Spaniard closes the richest ten David De Gea (Manchester United) – 27.
Lewandowski is the only Bundesliga player in this ranking.
In total, the top ten received $ 570 million, an increase of 11 percent over the previous season. As noted in the report, and this despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on football, economy and other sectors, areas of life.
Forbes also stressed that Messi has joined a very exclusive group of athletes who have amassed over a billion dollars in income over the course of their career. The astronomical amount before him was received by, among others golfer Tiger Woods, boxer Floyd Mayweather and Ronaldo.