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Lionel Messi tops list of highest-paid football players in 2020

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The Barcelona captain earned $126 million

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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is not just the best footballer in the world, he’s also the best-paid footballer in the world.

Forbes have come up with their annual list and have Messi at the top with total earnings of $126 million for 2020.

The Argentine has a salary of $92 million from Barcelona and tops that up with $34m in endorsements to put him top of the list ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Juventus star has total earnings of $117 million, while Neymar comes in third on $96m. Antoine Griezmann also makes the top 10. The France international’s salary is $28m, plus he earns another $5m in endorsements.

Here’s a look at the Top 10:

  1. Lionel Messi: $126m
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo: $117m
  3. Neymar: $96m
  4. Kylian Mbappe: $42m
  5. Mohamed Salah: $37m
  6. Paul Pogba: $34m
  7. Antoine Griezmann: $33m
  8. Gareth Bale: $29m
  9. Robert Lewandowski: $28m
  10. David de Gea: £27m