A stunning new report shows that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is not only the highest earning footballer on the planet, but he’s earning twice as much as the next player, Cristiano Ronaldo.
While it is a known fact that footballers are paid an ‘absurd’ amount of money, it is interesting that there are further divisions within the sport, with some stars raking in way more than the others.
According to a report published by L’Equipe, Messi is currently Europe’s highest paid football star in terms of monthly wages.
The talismanic no 10, who is now in his fifteenth season at Barca, earns €8.3 Million per month; which is almost twice as much what Cristiano Ronaldo earns in Italy.
The Portuguese star, who left Real Madrid last summer to join Juventus, is currently earning €4.7 Million per month, before tax.
Five-time ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is the only player from Italy to feature on the ‘Top 10’ list.
Spanish La Liga, meanwhile, has plenty of representation, with five of the ten stars currently playing their trade there.
Apart from Messi, L’Equipe’s list also feature Antoine Griezmann at number three with a €3.3 Million monthly salary.
Barcelona duo Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho feature as well, with the former coming in at number five with €2.9 Million while the latter earns €2.3 Million and is seventh.
European champions Real Madrid’s sole representative is Gareth Bale, who earns €2.5 Million and is sixth on the list.
PSG’s star pairing of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe come in at number four and nine, respectively. Meanwhile, Premier League’s Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez also feature.
Full List: 1. Lionel Messi (€8.3 Million), 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (€4.7 Million), 3. Antoine Griezmann (€3.3 Million), 4. Neymar (€3.06 Million), 5. Luis Suarez (€2.9 Million), 6. Gareth Bale (€2.5 Million), 7. Philippe Coutinho (€2.3 Million), 8. Alexis Sanchez (€2.28 Million), 9. Kylian Mbappe (€1.73 Million), 10. Mesut Ozil (€1.6 Million).