Forbes has declared Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, as the highest-paid footballer in the world.
The Argentine’s decision to remain at Camp Nou handed him the number one position with $126 million in total earnings split into $34 million in endorsements and $92 million in salary.
Messi is ahead of Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has $117 million in total earnings split into $47 million in endorsement and $70 million in salary.
Third player on the list is Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, who has a total earnings of $96 million.
Neymar’s club teammate, Kylian Mbappe, sits in the fourth position with total earnings of $42 million.
Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah is in the fifth position with total earnings of $37 million.
Others include Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba ($34 million), Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann ($33 million), Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale ($29 million), Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski ($28 million) and Manchester United’s David De Gea ($27 million) to make the top 10.