1. Lionel Messi
If Ronaldo is second on this, then who else can possibly top him?
Lionel Messi proves his money’s worth each season by thrilling fans with his unbelievable talents.
The 32-year-old also continues to lead Barcelona to glory, and scored a remarkable 51 goals in 50 games last season.
It’s no wonder why Blaugrana supporters are fretting over the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract, which includes a clause to allow him to leave next summer.
Pay: $127 M
Salary: $92 M
Endorsements: $35 M