€25,000 a minute Messi zooms past Ronaldo as top earner (Guardian)

€25,000 a minute Messi zooms past Ronaldo as top earner (Guardian)

Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football while Jose Mourinho tops the managers’ chart, according to France Football magazine.

The Barcelona attacker is a long way ahead in the figures for the current season, pulling in 126 million euros ($154mn) in salary, bonuses and commercial revenue while his great Real Madrid rival is making 94mn euros.

Last season ‘CR7’ led with 87.5mn euros with Messi on 76.5mn euros. That works out at 25,000 euros per minute pitch time this season for Messi in La Liga, the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and Supercup and four international appearances for Argentina this season, and assuming he plays all of Barcelona’s five remaining games. Read more

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