Top 10 Highest Paid Players 2020

Top 10 Highest Paid Players 2020

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has become only the second player in football history to pocket $1 billion in career earnings.

Earlier in 2020, Messi’s long term rival Cristiano Ronaldo became football’s first billionaire – making him just the third athlete in world sport to earn $1 billion from career earnings, after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.

According to Forbes, Messi was the highest paid footballer in the world in 2020, earning $126m ($92m in salary and $34m in endorsements) to tip him over the $1 billion mark.

The Argentinian caused a storm after demanding to leave Barcelona in August, but the situation resolved itself and he is poised to pocket $92m for remaining with the club for the final year of his contract.

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Ronaldo was a close second in the 2020 footballer rich list, followed by PSG teammates Neymar and 21-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was the highest placing Premier League player and completed the top five.

Manchester United have two players in the top 10 – Paul Pogba and David de Gea, while Real Madrid have just the one – out of favour Gareth Bale.

The complete top 10 are listed below:

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona

Total Earnings: $126m

Salary: $92m

Endorsements: $34m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus

Total Earnings: $117m

Salary: $70m

Endorsements: $47m

3. Neymar – PSG

Total Earnings: $96m

Salary: $78m

Endorsements: $18m

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4. Kylian Mbappe – PSG

Total Earnings: $42m

Salary: $28m

Endorsements: $14m

5. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

Total Earnings: $37m

Salary: $24m

Endorsements: $13m

6. Paul Pogba – Manchester United

Total Earnings: $34m

Salary: $28m

Endorsements: $6m

7. Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona

Total Earnings: $33m

Salary: $28m

Endorsements: $5m

8. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid

Total Earnings: $29m

Salary: $23m

Endorsements: $6m

9. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich

Total Earnings: $28m

Salary: $24m

Endorsements: $4m

10. David de Gea

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