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LIONEL MESSI TOPS FORBES EARNERS’ LIST AFTER BECOMING SECOND FOOTBALL BILLIONAIRE.

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has become the second football billionaire.

After Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat, Messi has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, as reported by Forbes.

Messi is the highest earning player in 2020 according to Forbes, with the Argentina international set to earn $126million (£98million) – split between his salary of $92million (£72million) plus $34million (£26million) in endorsements.

Having recently agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season after much uncertainty, Messi will hope that he can help the Catalan club to bounce back after they failed to win a trophy last campaign.

In addition to his boot deal with Adidas, Messi also has endorsement deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and AI-vision company OrCam Technologies.

Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes’ list, with the Juventus attacker on course to earn $117million (£91million).

With 457 million followers across his social media accounts, Ronaldo is the most popular athlete in the world. He has deals with companies like Nike and Herbalife.

In third is Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, who is due to earn $96million (£75million).

The Brazil international recently switched to Puma after his deal with Nike came to an end.

Neymar’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe has risen significantly on the list to fourth place. He is set to earn $42million (£33million).

In addition to his exploits on the pitch, Mbappe was also named as the cover star for FIFA 21.

It is anticipated that Mbappe will continue to rise up the list and he could well overtake Neymar next year.

Completing the top five is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, whose earnings total $37million (£29million).

THE FULL LIST OF FORBES HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALLERS IN 2020.

  1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – $126million
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – $117million
  3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – $96million
  4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – $42million
  5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – $37million
  6. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – $34million
  7. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – $33million
  8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – $29million
  9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – $28million
  10. David de Gea (Manchester United) – $27million