According to reports, the new PSG superstar is still the world’s highest paid footballer, even after his move to Paris Saint-Germain. The six time Ballon d’Or winner is still ahead in terms of wages of his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Radio Times reports that the Argentinian forward Lionel Messi edged out Juventus superstar Ronaldo to be the best-paid player in the world. According to reports, the Barcelona legend earns a mouth-watering £25 Million per year as his base salary after taxes are deducted. This figure does not include bonuses, extra fees and the players’ various sponsorship deals.
Messi is reportedly on a whopping £960,000 per week in the French capital, which puts him £60,000 ahead of the second-placed Ronaldo. However, this does not include any sort of sponsorship or appearance fees. If those numbers were included, Lionel Messi would earning in excess of a Million per week.
The top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world in 2021 are listed below:
10. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): £350,000 per week
9. David de Gea (Manchester United): £375,000 per week
8. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): £385,000 per week
7. Kylian Mbappe (PSG): £410,000 per week
6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): £500,000 per week
5. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona): £575,000 per week
4. Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid): £575,000 per week
3. Neymar (PSG): £606,000 per week
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): £900,000 per week
1. Lionel Messi (PSG): £960,000 per week