Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — two of the best footballers of the modern era – once again maintained their dominance at the top of Forbes as the Highest Paid Footballers in 2020. Messi – who wanted to leave Barcelona – resolved a weeks-long contract drama to land at the summit with $126 million, edging out Juventus’s Ronaldo who comes in at No. 2 with $117 million.
While there is a mind-boggling race at the top, France’s Kylian Mbappe has made a noteworthy jump. Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker finds himself in fourth place with $48 million. Mbappe – who has been in top form since arriving at the big stage – has already scored 103 goals across formats.
His PSG teammate and Brazilian star Neymar – who recently contracted the deadly coronavirus after the Champions League final – takes the third spot in the race with $96 million.
At the fifth spot is Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah with $37 million. He has been in ominous form, the Egyptian scored a hattrick against Leeds United in their Premier League opener this season.