Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United player, regained the first place of the most profitable football players for the year 2021, from Argentine Lionel Messi, player of Paris Saint-Germain, according to the classification of the American “Forbes” magazine.
Portuguese star; Newly transferred to Manchester United, he surpassed the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain player, who was at the top of the list previously.
In this ranking process, the American magazine relied on each player’s financial returns, including base salary and other sources of income such as advertising and marketing campaign revenue, their T-shirt sales, and what they earn from social networking sites.
Twenty-four hours before the news of football star Cristiano Ronaldo abandoning his Italian club Juventus and joining Manchester United, he became the most expensive striker in the world. The star topped the list of the richest and most expensive other players who, in turn, jumped in the rankings compared to previous years.
Similar to Ronaldo and Messi in football, both Tom Brady, the basketball player, managed to reach a new position, as well as, LeBron James of the NBA and Bryce Harper.
Ronaldo is set to earn $125 million before taxes in the 2021-2022 season, including $70 million in salary and bonuses for his return to United. Ronaldo had won between 2003 and 2009 three consecutive titles in the Premier League and crowned the Champions League.
The rest of the proceeds come from advertising and personal partnerships with brands including Nike, Herbalife and Claire. His CR7 brand, which includes perfumes, underwear, glasses, hotels, gyms, and others, is also experiencing a continuous expansion, according to “Euronews”.
Ronaldo, only three other active athletes with commercial profits that exceed or equal those of the Portuguese star, Roger Federer with $90 million, LeBron James with $65 million and Tiger Woods with $60 million.
As for his Argentine rival, Lionel Messi, he left the first place he held for a long time. Lionel Messi, 34, moved after 21 years to Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain. Messi will earn $75 million this season, helping him take second place in the rankings with $110 million.
In addition to his salary from Paris Saint-Germain, Messi will receive an estimated $35 million in advertising and advertising revenue from major companies such as Adidas, Pepsi, watchmaker Jacobs & Co and Budweiser as part of a three-year deal.
585 million dollars
In all, the ten highest-paid soccer players are expected to earn $585 million in pre-tax earnings this season. Salary and bonuses make up the bulk of the total, $415 million. This revenue is up 2.6 percent from last year as most clubs continue to be vigilant in the face of uncertainty over the spread of COVID-19 strains.
Last May, UEFA, Europe’s football governing body, issued a report saying that top-flight clubs were facing a massive pandemic-related revenue loss of $8.5 billion, which would limit the movement of key players.
The classification list also includes the Brazilian player Neymar Da Silva, the French striker Kylian Mbappe and the Egyptian player Mohamed Salah.
Currently, Paris Saint-Germain includes three of the five best-paid players in the world, 29-year-old Neymar who finished in third place again with 95 million dollars, and 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe in fourth place with 43 million dollars.
The 29-year-old Liverpool player, Mohamed Salah, concludes the top five with revenues estimated at $41 million.
Forbes magazine’s ranking of the highest financial returns for players for the year 2021 came as follows:
1- Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United player, $125 million.
2- Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain player, $110 million.
3- Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain player, $95 million.
4- Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain player, $43 million.
5- Mohamed Salah, Liverpool player, $41 million.
6- Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich player, $35 million.
7- Andre Iniesta, Vissel Cuban player, $35 million.
8- Paul Pogba, Manchester United player, $34 million.
9- Gareth Bale, Real Madrid player, $32 million.
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