The endless saga relating his false start to Manchester City is definitely buried. At least until the end of the season. But Messi is still in the news. A news far from anecdotal, since according to the classification Forbes of the biggest salaries in football, La Pulga has just crossed the billion dollar mark in income, making him the second billionaire in football. But if the native of Rosario is second, then who is first? Well this is none other than his lifelong rival, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo. The latter had passed this stratospheric threshold a few months ago, in June to be precise.
A battle of bank accounts between Messi and Ronaldo
Forbes specifies that Messi has gleaned the trifle of 126 million dollars this year, a quarter of which comes from sponsorship contracts. Moreover, if we base ourselves on the income collected this season only, Messi is doing better than Cr7. The Juve player is second in the ranking of the players who won the most money in 2020, with a total of 98.5 million euros collected, 40% of which came from contracts outside his club.