Football: Messi beats Ronaldo again, this time off the field to top football's rich list

Lionel Messi has come up tops once again against Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentina and Barcelona forward, already with more silverware than his Portugal and Real Madrid counterpart, has also emerged at the summit of football's rich list.

According to France Football magazine, Messi's reported salary-plus-endorsements package is estimated to be worth about €65 million (S$97.7 million), comfortably ahead of Ronaldo's €54 million annual income.

Messi, who counts sportswear giant adidas and Turkish Airlines as some of his clients and reportedly earns €3m-a-month at Barca, is also ahead in the race for personal accolades. The 27-year-old has won one Fifa World Player of the Year and three Fifa Ballon d'Or awards, ahead of Ronaldo's one Fifa World Player of the Year and two Fifa Ballon d'Or titles.

Ronaldo, 30, also has one less Champions League title compared to three-time winner Messi. Messi also has an Olympic gold medal. Both, however, have yet to win the sport's biggest prize: the World Cup.

The duo lead the rich list by a fair bit. In third place is Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar on €36.5 million.

Thiago Silva (€27.5 million), Robin van Persie (€25.6 million), Gareth Bale (€23.8 million), Wayne Rooney (€22.5 million), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (€21.5 million), Sergio Aguero (€21.2 million) and Robert Lewandowski (€20.2 million) complete the top 10.

This is the 17th time that France Football has published its rich list. Messi has come up tops five times in the last six years.

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