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5 highest-paid football players in 2021, ranked

The first and only billionaire football player, Ronaldo is also one of the highest-paid athletes in the world – but how much of his cash comes from endorsements?

The 36-year-old icon, who surpassed well-known players like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta on the list, is also among the 510 highest-paid athletes in the world. Combined, the top 10 will earn US$585 million before tax.

Belgium’s Eden Hazard is among the world’s highest-paid football players, earning US$29 million this season from his salary and endorsement deals. Photo: Reuters

Belgium’s Eden Hazard is among the world’s highest-paid football players, earning US$29 million this season from his salary and endorsement deals.

5. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool and Egypt (US$41 million)

Liverpool player Mo Salah is among the top-earning football players this season, with a total income of US$25 million. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool player Mo Salah is among the top-earning football players this season, with a total income of US$25 million. Photo: Reuters

Age: 29 Salary: US$25 million

Endorsements: US$16 million

4. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain and France (US$43 million)

Kylian Mbappe earned US$43 million from his salary and endorsement deals this season.

Kylian Mbappe earned US$43 million from his salary and endorsement deals this season.

Age: 22 Salary: US$28 million Endorsements: US$15 million 3. Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil (US$95 million)

Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar raked in US$75 million from his salary and endorsement deals.

Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar raked in US$75 million from his salary and endorsement deals.

Age: 29 Salary: US$75 million Endorsements: US$20 million

2. Lionel Messi – Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina (US$110 million)

Lionel Messi is the second highest-paid football player.

Lionel Messi is the second highest-paid football player.

Age: 34 Salary: US$75 million Endorsements: US$35 million 1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United and Portugal (US$125 million)

1.Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning football players for this season. Photo: Reuters

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning football players for this season.


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