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Barcelona star Lionel Messi tops football’s highest earners list

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And Gerard Pique does alright too

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Lionel Messi is not just the greatest footballer on the planet he’s also the best paid, according to figures released by France Football.

The Argentina has moved ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and has a gross salary of €126 million, while Gerard Pique also makes the top five. Here’s the list:

  1. Lionel Messi: €126 million
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo: €94 million
  3. Neymar: €81.5 million
  4. Gareth Bale: €44 million
  5. Gerard Pique: €29 million

Source | France Football

The figures are for earnings over the 2017-18 season and apparently do not take into account tax, bonuses and publicity and sponsorship earnings.

Messi’s the first player to break the €100 million mark and while it’s no surprise to see Ronaldo and Neymar next on the list Gerard Pique making the top five is a bit unexpected.