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Messi pips Ronaldo as best-paid footballer

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona
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Lionel Messi has once again revealed to be the highest-earning football player this season.

FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has beaten his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, by a relatively marginal €13 million difference as the highest revenue generating player for this season.

The Argentine took home a mouthwatering €131 million this year. Ronaldo, on the other hand, made €118 million.

These figures are according to a study conducted by France Football, who have been publishing such reports since 1999. Other than the players’ gross salary, the French media outlet bases results on their bonuses, advertising revenue, and other sources of income.

Messi has been making the cut in the top 3 since 2013. PSG superstar Neymar is third on the list with a net income of €95 million. Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann, and Eden Hazard are the next three with each making around €38 million.