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.
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.
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,.
Other players who make the top 10 include:-
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).