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Messi, Ronaldo Make Highest-paid Player List (See Ranking)



Five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is the highest paid footballer in Europe, beating out Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo by over £3million per month.

This was revealed by French publication, L’Equipe, in its annual report of the top football salaries.

Messi is number one, earning £7.3million ($9.5m) a month before tax.

Ronaldo, who spent nine years at Real Madrid, comes in second with a salary of £4.1m.

Atletico Madrid and France forward, Antoine Griezmann, is next with £2.9million thanks to the new deal he signed with the club in 2018.

Neymar is fourth, earning £2.7million a month.

Messi’s Barcelona team-mate, Luis Suarez, rounds out the top five, earning £2.5million.

The list is made up entirely of players from the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

The Bundesliga is the only top-five league, that does not have a representative in the top 10.