A look at the world's highest-earning footballers in 2020
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A look at the world's highest-earning footballers in 2020

It has been a tough few weeks for Lionel Messi, but the Barcelona star can at least console himself with having made the Forbes 2020 list of highest-earning footballers.

Forbes magazine has released its rich list of the top ten highest-paid footballers in 2020 and it is Messi who leads the way ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Messi becomes football’s second billionaire after Ronaldo had previously achieved the feat, and the Daily Mail reports that he is set to earn a total of $126m (£97.7m) through salary and endorsements this year.

But, who is in the top 10?

  • Lionel Messi

Teams: Barcelona and Argentina
2020 total earnings: $126m (£97.7m)
Salary: $92m (£71.37m)
Endorsements: $34m (£26.37m)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

Teams: Juventus and Portugal 
2020 total earnings: $117m (£90.75m)  
Salary: $70m (£54.29m) 
Endorsements: $47m (£36.45m)

  • Neymar

Teams: Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil 
Total earnings: $96m (£74.45m)  
Salary: $78m (£60.49m) 
Endorsements: $18m (£13.95m)

  • Kylian Mbappe

Teams: Paris Saint-Germain and France  
2020 total earnings: $42m (£32.57m)  
Salary: $28m (£21.71m) 
Endorsements: $14m (£10.85m) 

  • Mohamed Salah

Teams: Liverpool and Egypt 
2020 total earnings: $37m (£28.69m)  
Salary: $24m (£18.61m) 
Endorsements: $13m (£10.08m)

  • Paul Pogba

Teams: Manchester United and France 
2020 total earnings: $34m (£26.37m)  
Salary: $28m (£21.72m) 
Endorsements: $6m (£4.65m) 

  • Antoine Griezmann

Teams: Barcelona and France 
2020 total earnings: $33m (£25.59m)  
Salary: $28m (£21.72m)

  • Gareth Bale

Teams: Real Madrid and Wales 
2020 total earnings: $29m (£22.49m) 
Salary: $23m (£17.84m) 
Endorsements: $6m (£4.65m)

  • Robert Lewandowski

Teams: Bayern Munich and Poland 
2020 total earnings: $28m (£21.71m) 
Salary: $24m (£18.61m) 
Endorsements: $4m (£3.1m) 

  • David de Gea

Teams: Manchester United and Spain 
2020 total earnings: £27m (£20.94m) 
Salary: $24m (£18.61m) 
Endorsements: $3m (£2.32m)