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The World's Highest-Earning Soccer Players
This article is published in collaboration with Statista
by Niall McCarthy
Forbes has released its latest list of the world's highest-earning soccer players and there's no real surprise about the two superstars at the top of the pay league. Over the past 12 months, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi earned the most money of any player, with a $92 million salary as well as a further $34 million from endorsements, making for a grand total of $126 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo comes second in earnings and the Juventus forward has made $117 million over the past year, $70 million of which came from his salary and $47 million of which came from endorsements. Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar Jr. rounds off the top three, earning $18 million from endorsements and $78 million from his salary over the last 12 months.
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