Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of becoming the highest-paid football player in the world, forpassing Lionel Messi, his long-term rival as per Forbes.
Following his move back to Manchester United, the Portuguese whiz is estimated to earn $125 million preceding taxes this season – with $70 million coming from his salary and bonuses alone.
Messi is set to earn $110 million in the 2021-22 season, making him the second-highest earner in football.
Lionel Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona this year and is expected to procure $75 million– which is more than Ronaldo as far as salary is concerned.
However, Ronaldo – who is the most famous athlete on social media with in excess of 500 million followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as per Forbes – gets $55 million in endorsements contrasted with Messi’s $35 million.
This list was incorporated by Forbes by speaking to clubs, sponsors, player agents and financial experts and estimates the top 10 earners will collect pretax earnings of $585 million this season, an increment on last year’s take of $570 million.