Cristiano Ronaldo Tops Forbes List as Highest-Paid Footballer in 2023

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named by Forbes as the highest-paid footballer and athlete worldwide for the year 2023.

The renowned five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s financial success skyrocketed when he joined Al Nassr, a club in the Saudi Pro League, after his contract with Manchester United was terminated.

Ronaldo’s earnings of €235 million encompass his wages, endorsement agreements, and bonuses.

Interestingly, other notable players like Neymar, Karim Benzema, and Sadio Mane, who also transferred to Saudi Pro League teams during the previous summer, saw significant increases in their earnings, securing spots in the top ten rankings.

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In the second position, Ronaldo’s long-standing career rival, Lionel Messi, earned the second-highest amount in 2023 after moving from Paris Saint Germain to Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

Messi, a winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and recipient of the Ballon d’Or on eight occasions, generated his income through wages, bonuses, and endorsement deals.

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Here is the Forbes list of the top ten highest-paid footballers in 2023:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – €235 Million – Al Nassr
  2. Lionel Messi – €122 million – Inter Miami
  3. Neymar – €101 million – Al Hilal
  4. Kylian Mbappe – €99 million – PSG
  5. Karim Benzema – €96 million – Al-Ittihad
  6. Erling Haaland – €52 million – Manchester City
  7. Mohammed Salah – €48 million – Liverpool
  8. Sadio Mane – €47 million – Al Nassr
  9. Kevin De Bruyne – €35 million – Manchester City
  10. Harry Kane – €33 million – Bayern Munich
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The rankings reflect the financial success and global impact of these football icons, underlining the growing influence of the sport on the world stage.

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