Lionel Messi

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has been labeled as the richest player in world football ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo by France Football.

Lionel Messi made an eye watering £120million last year, £11m more than Ronaldo. The two were also the first footballers to cross the $100 m mark.

The statistics are made up of salaries, rewards, promotions, commercial revenues and other sources.

Paris Saint-Germain striker, Neymar, reportedly gained £87m last year, while Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale, received £35.45m.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was the only Premier League player and Englishman to make the list, raking in £30.96m.

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Andres Iniesta who now plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe earned £31.14m in 2019.

Bayern Munich striker, Robert lewandowski, comes in at ninth with £26.56m.

Kylian Mbappe joins PSG team-mate Neymar on the list, having earned £24.73m last year to complete the top 10 list.

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