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.
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 ($82m).
Messi, who moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, previously topped football’s highest earners.
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with midfielder Bruno Fernandes after scoring. Photo: AFP
The attacking ace has some expensive teammates too, with Neymar ($AUD131) and Kylian Mbappe ($59m) third and fourth on the list of football’s highest earners…