London: Barcelona legend Lionel Messi topped the list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players in 2020, according to the latest rankings of Forbes.
Forbes released its annual list ranking the world’s highest-paid soccer players with Messi and Ronaldo landing the top two spots.
Messi’s recent decision to stay with Barcelona allowed him to edge out the Juventus star and claim No. 1 with $126 million in total earnings. Messi has brought in $34 million in endorsements to go with his $92 million salary. After agreeing to play out the final year of his contract, the 33-year-old can search for a new club in 2021 and possibly collect an even higher salary.
Ronaldo’s cashed in on his huge fanbase and lucrative sponsorships to reach $117 million in total earnings.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe surprisingly landed fourth on the list after another huge season for the young star. The 21-year-old was named the Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner, which is awarded to the player with the most goals in the league, for a second year in a row. PSG also won its second consecutive league title after last season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mbappe raked in $14 million in endorsements, which includes deals like his EA Sports FIFA 21 game cover, making him one of the youngest players to land it solo. His total earnings reached $42 million.