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Ronaldos Man Utd return a $172m winner, as footballs 10 richest stars revealed


Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is once again football’s highest earner. Photo: AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford hasn’t just been popular amongst the Red Devils fans, but it has earned him a fair chunk of money too.

According to Forbes, his return to Manchester United has seen him reclaim the mantle as football’s highest paid man from Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo is set to make $AUS172m (£91.63m) during the 2021-22 season while Messi will net a lazy $AUD151m (£80.63).

The 36-year-old, who moved from Italian club Juventus to Manchester at the end of the English summer, will make $AUD75m from commercial deals

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His giant move to the English club sees only three athletes earn more commercially; Roger Federer ($AUD124.09m), LeBron James ($AUD122) and Tiger Woods ($82m).

Messi, who moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, previously topped football’s highest earners.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with midfielder Bruno Fernandes after scoring. Photo: AFP

Source: AFP

The attacking ace has some expensive teammates too, with Neymar ($AUD131) and Kylian Mbappe ($59m) third and fourth on the list of football’s highest earners…

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