Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar the world’s best-paid footballers, claims study

PARIS (AFP) – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar remain the three best-paid footballers in the world, according to a study by France Football magazine.

The study estimates the income of the world’s highest-paid players by adding their estimated gross salaries and income from image rights to bonuses earned last season.

As a result, the publication calculates Barcelona star Messi’s total annual income as EUR131 million (USD141 million).

That puts the Argentine ahead of Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward second on the list with EUR118 million of estimated income. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazil star Neymar, who moved to France from Barcelona for a world record transfer fee in 2017, is third on the list with total pay of EUR95 million, way ahead of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

The Welshman is fourth on the list with EUR38.7 million.

Meanwhile, according to the magazine, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is the best-paid coach with total wages of EUR40.5 million, way ahead of Antonio Conte at Inter Milan on EUR30 million and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City on EUR27 million.