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.

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    #20 Sergio Ramos

    Club: Real Madrid.

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

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    #19 Paul Pogba

    Club: Manchester United.

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

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    #18 Hulk

    Club: Shanghai SIPG.

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

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    #17 Kevin De Bruyne

    Club: Manchester City.

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

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    #16 Sergio Aguero

    Club: Manchester City.

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

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    #15 Oscar

    Club: Shanghai SIPG.

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

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    #14 Kylian Mbappe

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain.

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

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    #13 Mesut Ozil

    Club: Arsenal.

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

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    #12 Toni Kroos

    Club: Real Madrid.

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

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    #11 Gerard Pique

    Club: Barcelona.

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

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    #10 Luis Suarez

    Club: Barcelona.

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

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    #9 Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Club: Hebei China Fortune.

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

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    #8 Philippe Coutinho

    Club: Barcelona.

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

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    #7 Alexis Sanchez

    Club: Manchester United.

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

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    #6 Andres Iniesta

    Club: Vissel Kobe.

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

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    #5 Gareth Bale

    Club: Real Madrid.

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

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    #4 Antoine Griezmann

    Club: Atletico Madrid.

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

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    #3 Neymar

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain.

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

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    #2 Cristiano Ronaldo

    Club: Juventus.

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

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    #1 Lionel Messi

    Club: Barcelona.

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