Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football’s second billionaire.
After Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat, Messi has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, as reported by Forbes.
Messi is the highest-earning player in 2020 according to Forbes, with the Argentina international set to earn $126million (£98million) – split between his salary of $92million (£72million) plus $34million (£26million) in endorsements.
Having recently agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season after much uncertainty, Messi will hope that he can help the Catalan club to bounce back after they failed to win a trophy last campaign.
In addition to his boot deal with Adidas, Messi also has endorsement deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and AI-vision company OrCam Technologies.
Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes’ list, with the Juventus attacker on course to earn $117million (£91million).
With 457 million followers across his social media accounts, Ronaldo is the most popular athlete in the world. He has deals with companies like Nike and Herbalife.
In third is Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, who is due to earn $96million (£75million).
The Brazil international recently switched to Puma after his deal with Nike came to an end.
Neymar’s PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe has risen significantly on the list to fourth place. He is set to earn $42million (£33million).
In addition to his exploits on the pitch, Mbappe was also named as the cover star for FIFA 21.
It is anticipated that Mbappe will continue to rise up the list and he could well overtake Neymar next year.
Completing the top five is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, whose earnings total $37million (£29million).
FORBES’ HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS IN 2020
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – $126million
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – $117million
3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – $96million
4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – $42million
5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – $37million
6. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – $34million
7. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – $33million
8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – $29million
9. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – $28million
10. David de Gea (Manchester United) – $27million
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You Lied Against Me, Ronaldo Blasts Media
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at the “lies” surrounding reports about his future at Manchester United.
The Portugal forward missed United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia due to personal reasons as speculation swirled over whether he would be leaving Old Trafford.
It has been reported Ronaldo wants to play Champions League football, but United maintains the 37-year-old is not for sale and remains an integral part of the plans of new boss Erik ten Hag.
The former Real Madrid star played the full 90 minutes of United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, which left them bottom of the Premier League.
In a reply to a fan account on Instagram that referred to a report linking the United frontman to Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo said fans would “know the truth” in a couple of weeks, adding: “The media is telling lies.”
“I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only five were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.”
Manchester United will seek to kickstart their Premier League campaign when they host fierce rivals, Liverpool, on Monday.
United’s owners, the Glazer family, have come under fire following the team’s terrible start.
Former United defender Gary Neville has warned the club could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League if they do not address their “horror story” recruitment strategy.
Manchester United supporters’ group ‘The 1958’ is planning a protest march outside Old Trafford against the club’s owners ahead of the Liverpool match.
In a statement, the group said the ownership was “systematically starving and killing the greatest football institution in world football, for greed”.
“We appreciate emotions are running high,” it added. “We must keep it legal, we must keep it peaceful…. Bring the heat, bring the noise, bring the passion. Let’s show the Glazer family that this time it will not blow over.”
Billionaire Elon Musk sparked a social media frenzy on Tuesday evening when he raised the prospect of buying United from the Glazer family.
The Tesla CEO made the comment in a tweet, then later clarified his position by saying he had no intention of buying a sports team and that it had been a “long-running joke
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My Action Was Ugly Against Crystal Palace – Nunez
Liverpool striker, Darwin Nunez has broken the silence after he was sent off in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday.
The Uruguayan apologised for his headbutt on Crystal Palace defender, Joachim Andersen.
He admitted it was a bad attitude from him and promised such would never happen again.
Nunez said he will ‘learn from his mistake’ after the 23-year-old lost his cool and attacked Andersen and got a straight red card.
Liverpool still managed to draw the game after Luis Diaz cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s opener.
“I am aware of the ugly attitude I had. I’m here to learn from my mistakes and it won’t happen again,” Nunez tweeted.
The South American added in another tweet, “Apologies to Liverpool all. I’ll be back.”
A red card for violent conduct is expected to earn Nunez a three-match suspension.
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I’m Willing To Buy Man United From Glazer’s Family, Say Elon Musk
Billionaire Elon Musk has said that he is buying Premier League giants, Manchester United.
Musk, who was in the midst of a political ideology discussion, ended up tweeting that he is buying the struggling club.
He wrote, “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome”.
Musk is worth around $260 billion, meaning that he could easily afford buying the Old Trafford outfit.
The Red Devils’ fans are no longer comfortable with the current club’s owners, the Glazer family and have been protesting, asking them to go.
Manchester United are languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table after two embarrassing defeats from their two opening games.
The club had a market capitalization of over $2 billion dollars as of this Tuesday’s stock market, according to Reuters.
Also as of May, Forbes had Manchester United valued at around $4.6 billion dollars, with a revenue of over $633 million in the last year.
The Red Devils would hope to bounce back to winning ways when they face Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday.
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