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

6:55 PM EDT 4/1/19
Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gareth Bale 2018-19
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.

  • Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2018-19

    #20 Sergio Ramos

    Club: Real Madrid.

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

  • Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19

    #19 Paul Pogba

    Club: Manchester United.

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

  • Hulk Shanghai SIPG

    #18 Hulk

    Club: Shanghai SIPG.

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

  • Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2018-19

    #17 Kevin De Bruyne

    Club: Manchester City.

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

  • Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19

    #16 Sergio Aguero

    Club: Manchester City.

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

  • Oscar Shanghai SIPG

    #15 Oscar

    Club: Shanghai SIPG.

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

  • Kylian Mbappe Toulouse PSG Ligue 1 31032019

    #14 Kylian Mbappe

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain.

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

  • Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19

    #13 Mesut Ozil

    Club: Arsenal.

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

  • Toni Kroos Real Madrid 2018-19

    #12 Toni Kroos

    Club: Real Madrid.

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

  • Gerard Pique Barcelona 2018-19

    #11 Gerard Pique

    Club: Barcelona.

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

  • Luis Suarez Barcelona 2018-19

    #10 Luis Suarez

    Club: Barcelona.

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

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi Hebei China Fortune

    #9 Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Club: Hebei China Fortune.

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

  • Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2019

    #8 Philippe Coutinho

    Club: Barcelona.

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

  • Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19

    #7 Alexis Sanchez

    Club: Manchester United.

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

  • Andres Iniesta Vissel Kobe

    #6 Andres Iniesta

    Club: Vissel Kobe.

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

  • Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19

    #5 Gareth Bale

    Club: Real Madrid.

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

  • Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid

    #4 Antoine Griezmann

    Club: Atletico Madrid.

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

  • Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain 2018-19

    #3 Neymar

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain.

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

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Atletico Madrid 120319

    #2 Cristiano Ronaldo

    Club: Juventus.

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

  • Lionel Messi Barcelona 2018-19

    #1 Lionel Messi

    Club: Barcelona.

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