Lionel Messi joins billionaire club; topples Cristiano Ronaldo in richest footballers

Updated: 16 September, 2020 07:26 IST | AFP | Paris

Forbes said that in 2020 Messi was the best paid footballer in the world with an income of $126 million from his Barca salary and $34 million from sponsors and other sources.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi may have had to stay put at Barcelona but the Argentine legend did succeed in joining one new club this year—the one reserved for sporting billionaires, according to Forbes magazine. 

The Argentine striker's career earnings of over one billion dollars (Rs 7,359cr) places the six-time Ballon d'Or winner in a group of mega-wealthy sports figures including just Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and his great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Forbes said that in 2020 Messi was the best paid footballer in the world with an income of $126 million from his Barca salary and $34 million from sponsors and other sources.

Messi, 33, knocked Juventus forward Ronaldo ($117 million) off the top of the football salary chart with PSG's Neymar ($96 million) in third place.

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First Published: 16 September, 2020 07:17 IST

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