Lionel Messi who is the captain of Spanish giants Barcelona has been named as the highest-paid footballer on earth for the year 2020 with £98 million according to Forbes’ latest ranking.
The Argentine has pocketed over $1bn in pre-tax earnings during his career following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo who has been his biggest rival for more than 10 years.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been into rivalries for years and these two players have shared 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them.
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi is topping the list of highest paid players for the year 2020 with £98 million and Cristiano Ronaldo comes second on the list. See the top 10 below according to Forbes
1. Lionel Messi of Barcelona – £98 million
2. Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus – £91 million
3. Neymar of PSG – £75 million
4. Kylian Mbappe of PSG – £33 million
5. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool – £29 million
6. Paul Pogba of Manchester United – £26.4 million
7. Antoine Griezmann of Barcelona – £25.6 million
8. Gareth Bale of Real Madrid – £22.5 million
9. Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich – £21.7 million
10. David De Gea of Manchester United – £21 million
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has resumed training with Barcelona and he is in top gear ahead of the 2020/21 Spanish La Liga season.