Ronaldo tops the chart as highest paid soccer player

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MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their fifth goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Elche CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Internationally renowned website Forbes has issued the updates list of world’s highest paid soccer players and without a doubt the Real Madrid and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is on top of the pile once again with a hefty amount of $82 million earned by the ace striker last year. He earned $53.3 million in salary and bonuses while $29 million came from endorsements last year.

 

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Second on the list is Ronaldo’s close rival Lionel Messi, from FC Barcelona, who earned $77 million last year which is $5 million less than what Ronaldo earned. The Catalan player earned $50.5 million and salary and bonuses.

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PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is currently going through his best ever season with the French side, is ranked thrid on the list with a total income earned of $37 million,.

 

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Other players who make the top 10 include:-

4) Neymar

5) Gareth Bale

6) Wayne Rooney

7) Segio Aguero

8) Luis Suarez

9) Eden Hazard

10) Cesc Fabregas

To compile this list of the world’s highest-earnings soccer players, Forbes looked through team filings and spoke with players’ agents, talent agencies, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe. All figures are in U.S. $ and include soccer salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings and performance metrics are for the 2015 calendar year (according to Forbes official website).

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