LONDON (REUTERS) – Lionel Messi was denied a per chance money-spinning circulate away from Barcelona this month after a contract dispute however the Argentinian maestro stays the enviornment’s richest football player.
In step with a list compiled by Forbes, his total earnings this year are US$126 million (S$172 million) – US$92 million from his wage and US$34 million in endorsements.
It also acknowledged that he has now earned US$1 billion in “pre-tax occupation earnings”, making him the game’s 2d billionaire after Cristiano Ronaldo.
In June, Forbes had declared the Portuguese the enviornment’s first footballing billionaire on its list of the head 5 top-grossing athletes of 2019.
No longer surprisingly, Ronaldo is available in 2d within the most up-to-date Forbes list, even supposing earnings of US$117 million will soften the blow for the Juventus forward, as will his predicament as essentially the most-adopted football player within the enviornment on social media.
Neymar is available in third on the Forbes list (US$96 million) alongside with his Paris St Germain team mate, 21-year-used Kylian Mbappe, up in fourth attach (US$42 million).
The Premier League stays the enviornment’s richest domestic football league however highest two of its outfield avid gamers purpose within the head 10 of the wealth table – Liverpool’s title-correct striker Mohamed Salah in fifth attach (US$37 million) and Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba (US$34 million) in sixth. Pogba’s team-mate, goalkeeper David de Gea (US$27 million) is 10th.
Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann was seventh and Staunch Madrid’s Gareth Bale eighth. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, the becoming Bundesliga player, is in ninth.
Messi reluctantly agreed to defend at Barcelona for one more season this month, despite announcing within the wake of an 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich that he wanted out.
He argued that a clause in his contract stating that a €700 million (S$1.1 billion) launch price would must be met for him to affix one more membership was no longer energetic and that he would possibly well well per chance rush away on a free transfer – a discipline that would possess allowed him to uncover top-notch wages from the likes of Manchester City.
Messi, 33, is within the closing year of his contract so would possibly well well per chance rush away for free next summer time. By staying with the Catalan membership, Messi is in line for an US$83 million loyalty bonus so it is seemingly he will proceed to high the money chart.