Manchester [UK], September 22 (fed cup 2020 winner): Cristiano Ronaldo's big-money move to Manchester United saw him replacing Lionel Messi as the highest-paid footballer in the world, according to the latest rankings released by Forbes.
Ronaldo is set to earn 5 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season, with million coming from salary and bonus for his return to United. The 36-year-old is set to earn an estimated m (£40.31m) from commercial deals, only three other active athletes make more commercially: Roger Federer ( million), LeBron James ( million) and Tiger Woods ( million).
His longtime and arch-rival, Lionel Messi will earn 0m (£80.63m) this season, with m (£50m) of that figure coming from his salary and bonuses at the Parc des Princes, as per Forbes. The former Barcelona star will pad his PSG paycheck with an estimated million in endorsements.
PSG now claims three of the world's five highest-paid players, including the 29-year-old Neymar, who lands at No. 3 once again with million, and the 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is No. 4 with million.
In total, the 10 highest-paid footballers are set to collect pretax earnings of around 5m (£428m) this season, up from last year's total of around 0m (£471m). (fed cup 2020 winner)