Messi joins ronaldo to earn $1bn in career earnings
Lionel Messi join Cristiano Ronaldo as footballers who have earned $1bn in their careers

Argentine legend Lionel Messi has joined arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo to become the second footballer to ever earn $1bn in career earnings since the inception of the sport.

A little while ago, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first football player to earn $1bn over the course of an illustrious career.

Messi becomes the fourth sportsman to reach that figure, behind Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi became the highest earning football player for the third year in a row (via Forbes reports), earning over $126m ($92m in salary and $34m in endorsements) in 2020, to push him over the $1bn figure.

The Argentine captain looked certain to leave the Nou Camp last August but has since had a change of heart after saying he could not take his beloved club to court.

Messi is set to add to his $1bn career earnings with an additional $92m from salary payments for the final year of his contract with Barca.

Cristiano Ronaldo finished second on the Forbes footballer rich list, followed closely by Neymar and 21 year old PSG sensation, Kylian Mbappe.

Egyptian wonder, Mohamed Salah completed the top five and was the highest paid player in the Premier League.

Other Premier League players in the top 10 are Man Utd duo Paul Pogba and David de Gea, while Real Madrid have a sole representative in Gareth Bale.

Find the complete list of Forbes top 10 paid players below:

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Messi becomes second player to earn $1bn in career earnings
Lionel Messi is number one for three years in a row

Total Season Earnings: $126m

Salary: $92m

Endorsements: $34m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Messi joins ronaldo to earn $1bn in career earnings
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to reach the $1bn landmark

Total Season Earnings: $117m

Salary: $70m

Endorsements: $47m

3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

Messi becomes second player to earn $1bn in career earnings
Neymar remains third highest earner for the third year in a row

Total Season Earnings: $96m

Salary: $78m

Endorsements: $18m

4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Kylian Mbappe comes in at fourth place

Total Season Earnings: $42m

Salary: $28m

Endorsements: $14m

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah is the Premier League’s top earner

Total Season Earnings: $37m

Salary: $24m

Endorsements: $13m


6. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Pogba is one pf two United players in the top 10

Total Season Earnings: $34m

Salary: $28m

Endorsements: $6m


7. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)

Griezmann stuttered during his debut season with Barcelona – but still earned quite a lot of money

Total Season Earnings: $33m

Salary: $28m

Endorsements: $5m


8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Bale is the only Madrid player in the top 10

Total Season Earnings: $29m

Salary: $23m

Endorsements: $6m


9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Lewandowski has arguably been the best player in the world this year

Total Season Earnings: $28m

Salary: $24m

Endorsements: $4m


10. David de Gea (Manchester United)

De Gea is the only goalkeeper or defender in the top 10

Total Season Earnings: $27m

Salary: $24m

Endorsements: $3m

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