Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly earn $125m (£91.63m) before taxes in the 2021-22 season after moving back to Old Trafford, while Lionel Messi is set to earn $110m (£80.63m) this season after joining Paris Saint-Germain.
The Portuguese National has overtaken Lionel Messi as the highest-paid footballer in the world, as revealed by Forbes.
Ronaldo is expected to make $125m (£91.63m) before taxes in the 2021-22 season after moving back to Manchester United with $70m(£51.31m) coming from his salary and bonuses at Old Trafford while the Paris Saint Germain forward is set to earn $110m(£80.63) this season after joining the club.
The 36-year-old is set to earn an estimated $55m (£40.31m) from commercial deals, with only three athletes set to earn more from sponsorship; Roger Federer ($90m, £65.97m), LeBron James ($65m, £47.64m) and Tiger Woods ($60m, £43.98m).
Lionel Messi, who topped last year's rankings, failed to retain this spot despite sealing an astonishing move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Forbes claim the Argentine star will earn $110m (£80.63m) this season, with $75m (£50m) of that amount coming from his salary and bonuses at the Parc des Princes.
Meanwhile, Messi's club team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are third and fourth on the list respectively.
Neymar is set to earn $95m (£69.68m) in the 2021-22 season, while Mbappe is some way behind the Brazilian with expected earnings of $43m (£31.54m).
Mohamed Salah came fifth in the rankings with reported earnings of $41m (£30.6m), while all-time Bayern Munich's goal scorer Robert Lewandowski is sixth with $35m (£25.66m).
An unexpected inclusion on the list is former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who is ranked seventh with earnings of $35m (£25.66m), the bulk of which comes from his salary and bonuses at Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
Coming on eight on the list is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is expected to earn $34m (£24.92m), while Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is the highest-ranked British player in ninth with expected earnings of $32m (£23.46m).
Another Real Madrid player comes off the top 10, former Chelsea best winger Eden Hazard, who has been off the pitch for awhile because of consistent injuries is set to earn $29m (£21.26m) in the 2021-22 campaign.
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