Portugal and Real Madrid star, the impossibly handsome Cristiano Ronaldo, has once again topped the 2017 list of the highest paid football (soccer) players in the world raking in an astonishing $US93 million ($A125 million) in payments, bonuses and sponsorships according to the annual list compiled by Forbes Magazine.
Argentinian and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi regained second spot on the list with $80 million and proof when it comes to soccer stars – Ronaldo and Messi pretty much have it wrapped up.
Brazilian and Barcelona player Neymar Jr was a distant third with a paltry $US37 million. Predictably no Aussies featured in the top 20.
Interestingly, 10 of the top 20 highest paid players came from just three clubs – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The top 20 for 2017 according to Forbes were (all figures in US dollars):
- Christiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – $93 million
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – $80 million
- Neymar Jr (Barcelona) – $37 million
- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – $34 million
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – $27 million
- Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – $17.6 million
- Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – $23.3 million
- Sergio Aguero (Manecheter City) – $22.6 million
- James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – $21.9 million
- Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – $21.2 million
- Angel DiMaria (Paris Saint-Germain) – $US20.5 million
- Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) – $20.1 million
- Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – $20 million
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – $18.9 milllion
- Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) – $18.1 million
- Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – $18.1 million
- Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – $18 million
- Robin Van Persie (Fenerbahce) – $17.8 million
- Gerard Pique (Barcelona) – $17.7 million
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – $17.5 million