Lionel Messi Is The Highest-Paid Player In World Football, Earns €130 Million Euros A Year Overall

Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player in world football according to figures collated by France Football.

The French outlet have put together a list of the top 20 richest players, with salaries, bonuses and commercial revenue factored in.

And it's Messi who leads the way by quite a distance. It's reported that the five-time Ballon d'Or accrues a whopping €13017 million-per-year overall, earning €17 million more than Cristiano Ronaldo despite the Portuguese superstar signing an improved deal with Juventus and being an absolute marketing machine.

Ronaldo may have a whole host of different ventures outside of football, including gyms, footwear, underwear, blankets, hotels, his own CR7 fragrance, a CR7 selfie app and most recently a hair transplant clinic, but Messi, with his Adidas, Gatorade, MasterCard and Pepsi sponsorships, beats him to the punch.

Neymar, still the most expensive player in the world following his £198 million move to PSG a couple of years back, is in third place, with Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale completing the top five.

Andres Iniesta is still earning a healthy wage over in Japan with Vissel Kobe, collecting a tidy €33 million-per-year - with his former teammate Alexis Sanchez a place behind him in seventh.

More Premier League presence on the list comes in the form of Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba.

France Football also released the top five highest managerial earners from a list of 20, which is topped by Diego Simeone and features Jose Mourinho and Thierry Henry, both currently out of a job.

Josh Lawless

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