Lionel Messi is the world’s richest footballer according to reports from Forbes above Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
Barcelona Superstar Lionel Messi earned $126 million with $92m from his salary and $34m in endorsement this year.
The most famous footballer Ronaldo comes in second place with a total earning of $117million.
In Third place and fourth place is Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Kylian Mbappe with $96 million and $42 million respectively.
The English Premier League remains the richest league in the world but had only two players that made the top ten. Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah in fifth place with $37 million and Manchester United Paul Pogba in sixth place with a net worth $34 million.
Messi was on his way out of Barcelona after he made it know he wanted to leave the Spanish giants but has been convinced to stay for another season.
After both parties failed to reach an agreement on the £700m release clause and his ridiculous wages that can only be afforded by the likes of Manchester City. Thereby fending off possible suitors.
The Argentine International is on the final year of his contract with the Catalan club which means he can leave on a free transfer next summer pocketing another $83 millions of pounds in loyalty bonus.
Top 10 highest-earning footballers
Lionel Messi , Barcelona: $126m
Cristiano Ronaldo , Juventus: $117m
Neymar, PSG: $96m
Kylian Mbappe , PSG: $42m
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: $37m
Paul Pogba , Man United: $34m
Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona: $33m
Gareth Bale , Real Madrid: $29m
Robert Lewandowski , Bayern Munich: $28m
David de Gea , Manchester United: $27m