Lionel Messi has emerged number one on the list of Forbes highest earners in football for the year 2020. The Barcelona ace dumped Christiano Ronaldo to the second position. As a result, he has kept his position from last year on top of the Forbes list.
The top ten highest earners were expectedly dominated by players in the English and Spanish Leagues. No wonder they are always touted as the best football leagues in the world. Spain and England have three players each while France contributed two players. Italy and Germany have one player each from their leagues.
The Argentine playmaker earns an estimated 126 million dollars while the Portuguese ace. Christiano Ronaldo earns 117 million dollars. In football, it is always a competition between the two in the bests of what football has on offer. Consequently, opinion divides who among Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is a better player.
The premier league has Mohammed Sallah and Paul Pogba in the 5th and 6th positions earning 37 and 34 million dollars respectively. In addition, Manchester United safe hands, David de Gea is in 10th position with a yearly income of 27 million dollars
The top three on the list are the same as in 2019. Meanwhile, the only major change in the top ten is the rise of Mbappe, three places from seventh to fourth. In more than a decade now, Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the football world.
Neymar and Mbappe both of PSG represented the Lique one on the list. Neymar on the third position earns 74.1 million while Mbappe on 4th earns 42 million dollars.
In summary, below is a complete list of the top ten earners in Football according to Forbes.
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) $126m (£97.2m)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal) $117m (£90.3m)
- Neymar (Paris St-Germain and Brazil) $96m (£74.1m)
- Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France) $42m (£32.4m)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt) $37m (£28.5m)
- Paul Pogba (Manchester United and France) $34m (£26.2m)
- Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona and France) $33m (£25.5m)
- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid and Wales) $29m (£22.4m)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland) $28m (£21.6m)
- David de Gea (Manchester United and Spain) £27m (£20.8m)