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The Top Ten Highest-Paid Footballers In 2019

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The Top Ten Highest-Paid Footballers In 2019

Lionel Messi was the highest-paid footballer last year, raking in £11 million more than long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Barcelona captain and talisman tops the list of football's highest-earners according to France Football, via the Daily Mail, having made a whopping £120 million from wages, bonuses, endorsements, commercial and more.

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There's not too much in it between football's two titans but they are the only two on the top ten to collect more than £100 million - with the rest of the pack trailing quite considerably.

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Neymar, the most expensive player in world football, finds himself in third spot after earning £87 million - with Real Madrid winger/golf enthusiast Gareth Bale making £35.45 million despite being somewhat ostracised in the Spanish capital of late.

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Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard took home £35.2 million and £32 million respectively despite both having underwhelming seasons in La Liga after their big-money moves a year ago.

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The real surprise on the list is seeing Andres Iniesta lie in seventh with £31.14 million. Now 36-years of age, the Barcelona and Spain legend plies his trade with Vissel Kobe in Japan these days but is clearly still doing pretty good for himself money-wise.

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Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling, who is the only Premier League player on the list, received £30.96 million overall - placing him ahead of Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski (£26.56 million) and Paris Saint-Germain boy-wonder Kylian Mbappe (£24.7 million).

Here is the list in full:

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1. Lionel Messi - £120 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo - £109 million

3. Neymar - £87 million

4. Gareth Bale - £35.45 million

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5. Antoine Griezmann - £35.25 million

6. Eden Hazard - £32.06 million

7. Andres Iniesta - £31.14 million

8. Raheem Sterling - £30.96 million

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9. Robert Lewandowski - £26.56 million

10. Kylian Mbappe - £24.73 million

Topics: Football News, Football, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raheem Sterling

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