Messi, Ronaldo and the 20 highest-paid football players in the world

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Goal takes a look at the biggest earners in the global game

France Football are set to release their annual list of the highest-earning football players in the world, and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi remains the best-paid star in the game.

Although he has not won the Ballon d'Or since 2015, Messi earns more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who won it in 2016 and 2017, while 2018 champion Luka Modric fails to make the top 20.

In fact, the Croatia midfielder's Real Madrid team-mates Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos all beat him on to the list.

Goal takes a look at the total income - including salary, bonuses and advertising revenue - of each of the top 20 highest paid footballers below.

  1. Sergio Ramos
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    #20 Sergio Ramos

    Club: Real Madrid.

    Total income: €23 million (£19.7m/$25.8m).

  2. Paul Pogba
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    #19 Paul Pogba

    Club: Manchester United.

    Total income: €23.3 million (£20m/$26.1m).

  3. Hulk
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    #18 Hulk

    Club: Shanghai SIPG.

    Total income: €23.4 million (£20.1m/$26.2m).

  4. Kevin De Bruyne
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    #17 Kevin De Bruyne

    Club: Manchester City.

    Total income: €23.5 million (£20.2m/$26.3m).

  5. Sergio Aguero
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    #16 Sergio Aguero

    Club: Manchester City.

    Total income: €24.3 million (£20.8m/$27.2m).

  6. Oscar
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    #15 Oscar

    Club: Shanghai SIPG.

    Total income: €24.3 million (£20.8m/$27.2m).

  7. Kylian Mbappe
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    #14 Kylian Mbappe

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain.

    Total income: €25 million (£21.4m/$28m).

  8. Mesut Ozil
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    #13 Mesut Ozil

    Club: Arsenal.

    Total income: €25.8 million (£22.1/$28.9m).

  9. Toni Kroos
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    #12 Toni Kroos

    Club: Real Madrid.

    Total income: €26.3 million (£22.6m/$29.5m).

  10. Gerard Pique
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    #11 Gerard Pique

    Club: Barcelona.

    Total income: €27 million (£23.2m/$30.3m).

  11. Luis Suarez
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    #10 Luis Suarez

    Club: Barcelona.

    Total income: €28 million (£24m/$31.4m).

  12. Ezequiel Lavezzi
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    #9 Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Club: Hebei China Fortune.

    Total income: €28.3 million (£24.3m/$31.7m).

  13. Philippe Coutinho
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    #8 Philippe Coutinho

    Club: Barcelona.

    Total income: €30 million (£25.7m/$33.6m).

  14. Alexis Sanchez
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    #7 Alexis Sanchez

    Club: Manchester United.

    Total income: €30.7 million (£26.3m/$34.4m).

  15. Andres Iniesta
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    #6 Andres Iniesta

    Club: Vissel Kobe.

    Total income: €33 million (£28.3m/$37m).

  16. Gareth Bale
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    #5 Gareth Bale

    Club: Real Madrid.

    Total income: €40.2 million (£34.5m/$45m).

  17. Antoine Griezmann
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    #4 Antoine Griezmann

    Club: Atletico Madrid.

    Total income: €44 million (£38m/$49m).

  18. Neymar
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    #3 Neymar

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain.

    Total income: €91.5 million (£79m/$102m).

  19. Cristiano Ronaldo
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    #2 Cristiano Ronaldo

    Club: Juventus.

    Total income: €113 million (£97m/$126m).

  20. Lionel Messi
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    #1 Lionel Messi

    Club: Barcelona.

    Total income: €130 million (£112m/£145m).