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Lionel Messi tops best-paid footballers list

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Pin Messi is easily the highest earning footballer in the world. AFP
Messi is easily the highest earning footballer in the world. AFP

Lionel Messi tops best-paid footballers list

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Lionel Messi earns an astonishing £7.3million a month before tax, which is almost double that earnt by Cristiano Ronaldo.

L'Equipe's annual salary report has been unveiled, and its results make for highly interesting reading. Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player on the planet, earning almost double that of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine earns £7.3 million before tax, compared to the Portuguese's £4.1 million. Antoine Griezmann comes in third, while PSG's Neymar is fourth. The list is completed by Luis Suarez (£2.5m), Gareth Bale (£2.2m), Philippe Coutinho (£2m), Alexis Sanchez (£2m), Kylian Mbappe (£1.5m) and Mesut Ozil (£1.4m).

Of the top 10 best-paid players in the world, five play in Spain, with England and France boasting a pair each and just one player playing in Italy. Surprisingly, no players from the Bundesliga feature in the list, with the league's highest earner Robert Lewandowski earning a comparatively low £1.2 million a month. Rather less surprising was the list of the top five earners in Ligue 1, which solely featured players currently at PSG.

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