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Forbes Announce The 20 Highest-Paid Footballers In The World

Lionel Messi has been recently ranked by Forbes as the highest-paid footballer in the world, with Cristiano Ronaldo not far behind. See the full top 20 inside.

Highest-Paid Footballers In The World
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Lionel Messi has been recently ranked by Forbes as the highest-paid footballer in the world, with Cristiano Ronaldo not far behind.

The appeal of the duo concerning advertisements and endorsement deals is indisputable, Messi having worked with all of Adidas, Mastercard and PepsiCo in the last year.

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Messi and Ronaldo are followed by Neymar, Paul Pogba and Andres Iniesta, the latter continuing to surpass more current stars courtesy of his career in Japan.

Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe, Mesut Ozil, Oscar and Antoine Griezmann also feature in the top 10.

Oscar and Graziano Pelle are the only players other than Iniesta to feature from outside the top European leagues.

There is a distinguished mention for last year’s Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, who does not feature but is predicted to return to the list next year after agreeing an extension at Real Madrid.

The full top 20 can be seen below, transfer fees not included:

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List of Highest-Paid Footballers In The World

20 Highest-Paid Footballers In The World

To compile the list of Highest-Paid Footballers In The World, Forbes claim they spoke with clubs, players’ agents, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe.

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All figures are converted to U.S. dollars and include soccer salaries, bonuses and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings are for the period June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

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