Lionel Messi, Ronaldo named richest players in world and are only ones to top £100m

Lionel Messi, Ronaldo named richest players in world and are only ones to top £100m

- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the richest players in the world in the latest ranking released

- The duo are also the only football star to earn above £100m beating the other eight most paid superstars

- There is only one Englishman man on the list who happens to play in the Premier League

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Lionel Messi has once again beaten his closest rival in football when the richest paid players in 2019 were named.

According to French news media outlet France Football, the Argentine and the Portuguese superstars were heads and shoulders above eight other top earners.

The numbers used to rate the most paid footballers includes wages, bonuses, endorsements, commercial revenue and other streams.

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Lionel Messi, Ronaldo named richest players in world and are only ones to top £100m
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And the Barcelona talisman raked in £120million with his fiercest rival and Juventus striker making £109m.

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Messi and Ronaldo were the only players that surpassed the £100m mark in terms of earning as Paris Saint-Germain star man is third with an £87m income.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is in fourth position with £35.45m income despite not playing many matches under Zinedine Zidane this season.

Antoine Griezmann is next after the Welshman who earned £35.25m and Los Blancos flop Eden Hazard is sixth with £32.06m.

Andres Iniesta is still smiling to the bank despite playing in the Japanese J-League with Vissel Kobe as he pockets £31.14m yearly.

Raheem Sterling is the only Englishman on the list who happens to play in the Premier League with Man City as he is ranked in eighth position with £30.96m.

Red hot Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is ninth with £26.56m while PSG's forward Kylian Mbappe completes the top ten with a take home of £24.73m.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Barcelona and Real Madrid are the teams that pay the most wage bill among the top clubs in Europe.

Premier League sides including Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal are also among the top ten teams with the highest pay per player.

Others on the list are La Liga side Atletico Madrid, French club Paris Saint Germain and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The annual wage bills of teams were released by SafeBettingSites as they 2019-20 season have come to a conclusion.

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