Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ronaldo overtakes Messi as highest paid footballer

 Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged as the highest-paid footballer in the world on Forbes list of highest-paid footballers 2021, with Egyptian attacker Mo Salah emerging fifth.

The Nation

Ronaldo knock outed Lionel Messi from the number one spot after the 34-year-old left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain.

To get the official pay of the footballer, Forbes said, “To compile our list, we spoke with clubs, players’ agents, commercial sponsors, and worldwide soccer experts. All figures are converted to U.S. dollars using the current exchange rate and include salaries (pretax) for the 2021-22 season, bonuses, and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded.”

Ronaldo will earn $125 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season, with $70 million coming from salary and bonus for his return to Manchester United.

The rest comes from personal endorsements and partnerships with brands including Nike, Herbalife, Clear and his ever-expanding CR7-branded portfolio that includes perfume, underwear, eyewear, hotels, gyms, and more. Only three other active athletes make more commercially: Roger Federer ($90 million), LeBron James ($65 million) and Tiger Woods ($60 million).

Lionel Messi will be paid $75 million this season, helping put him at No. 2 on the list with $110 million.

This is as he’ll pad his PSG paycheck with an estimated $35 million in endorsements from the likes of Adidas, Pepsi, watchmaker Jacobs & Co. and Budweiser, which he just picked up last year under a three-year deal.

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