Messi And Ronaldo Top Forbes’
List Of Highest Paid Footballers For 2020
Unsurprisingly, the best footballers in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, top the Forbes 2020 list of the 10 highest earning footballers released earlier this week.
Forbes spoke with clubs, player agents, commercial sponsors and soccer experts to define the names and classification.
Messi is number on the list with $ 126 million coming from his $ 92 million salary and $ 34 million in endorsements. The Barcelona superstar has agreements with adidas, Pepsi, Budweiser and AI vision company OrCam Technologies.
His 2020 earnings now take his career earnings to $ 1 billion, making him the second soccer billionaire after Ronaldo, who is number two on this year’s list.
Juventus megastar Ronaldo is on track to make $ 117 million. While most of his 2020 earnings come from his salary, the Portugal international also makes a lot of money endorsing brands from his social media accounts.
Ronaldo is the most popular athlete in the world with 457 million followers on his social media accounts, where he endorses companies like Nike, Herbalife and Clear Shampoo.
Third is Brazilian superstar Neymar, who earned $ 78 million from French club Paris Saint-Germain. The other part of his earnings came from endorsing brands like Puma, the company he joined after he left Nike.
In fourth position is Neymar’s partner at PSG, Kylian Mbappé. The precocious young Frenchman earned $ 28 million in wages. Part of his hefty sum in deals comes from a sponsorship deal with FIFA 21, as the cover star.
Egypt’s Mohammed Salah is the first Premier League player on the list. The Liverpool forward earns substantial income from adidas and Vodafone Egypt, among others.
He is followed by another Frenchman, with his fellow World Cup winner and Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann, who in addition to his salary, earns money with the Esports team he launched.
Despite his recent tribulations at Real Madrid. The soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspurs player is still racking up some good money. He may not have played much for Real Madrid in the last year, but he is still entitled to pay from him, as stipulated in his contract. Aside from this, his superstar status in both England and Spain ensures that he gets his fair share of it when it comes to endorsements.
Ninth on the list is a player who has arguably been the best in the world this year, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski had a good year and many feel that France Football’s decision not to celebrate the Ballon d’Or this year stole it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But there is no way to steal the money from the Polish striker.
Rounding out the top ten is a third Premier League player and the only goalkeeper on the list, David de Gea. The Manchester United closer is one of the top earners at his club, while his best performances over the years mean he is also a magnet for endorsements.