Lionel Messi emerges world's highest paid footballer, earning €130m yearly

Lionel Messi emerges world's highest paid footballer, earning €130m yearly

- Lionel Messi has ranked Lionel Messi world's best paid footballer

- The Barcelona ace currently earns a massive €130 million a year

- Ronaldo and Neymar are ranked second and third respectively

Lionel Messi is one of the most talented and decorated football player in the world, Football France reports.

His heroics on the pitch has seen him win various individual awards, including the prestigious Ballon d'Or award which he has won a record five times.

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In 2017, the star forward penned a new lucrative deal with Barcelona that will keep him at the Catalan side until 2021.

The new deal also translated to an increment in his wages at the club that places him among the best paid footballers globally.

According to figures collated by France Football, Messi was ranked the highest paid player in the world, with the 31-year-old currently earning a staggering €130 million per year.

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Cristiano Ronaldo emerged second in the list, earning €17 million less than his arch-rival despite signing an improved deal with Juventus last summer.

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Neymar, who is currently the most expensive player following his £198 million move to PSG was placed third, with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale completing the top five.

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez was the only Premier League player who made the top 10 list, ranking seventh globally.

Here is the full list:

1. Messi €130M

2. Ronaldo €113M

3. Neymar €91.5M

4. Griezmann €44M

5. Gareth Bale €40.2M

6. Iniesta €33M

7. Alexis Sánchez €30.7M

8. Coutinho €30M

9. Lavezzi €28.3M

10. Luis Suárez €28M

11. Piqué €27M

12. Toni Kroos €26.3M

13. Özil €25.8M

14. Mbappé €25M

15. Oscar (Shanghai) €24.3M

16. Agüero €24.3M

17. De Bruyne €23.5M

18. Hulk (Shanghai) €23.4M

19. Paul Pogba €23.3M

20. Sergio Ramos €23M

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona star Lionel Messi has broken yet another record in the top five European Leagues after scoring one of his side's goals against Villarreal on Tuesday, April 2.

The 31-year-old came on in the 61st minute and scored a stunner from a free-kick in the 90th minute, before Luis Suarez finally rescued a point for the visitors through his 93rd minute long range shot. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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