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Top 20 Richest Footballers in the World 2016 List, 2 Africans Make List

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19. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) = €67.4m

Annual Salary: €32m (€2.6m per month)

Bonuses: €400,000

Other forms of income: €35m

Sponsorship contracts: Nike, Altice-SFR, Pokerstars.com, Herbalife, Novo Banco, Soccerade, Clear, Sacoor Brothers, Sixpa, Hot, Pestana, Brandinext, Refa active Pao.

Other operations: Sportlobster, Fly Emirates, CR7 underwear, CR7 footwear, Roc by Monster, smartphone applications, real estate and luxury hotel investments, image rights – Mint Media.


20. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) = €74m

Annual Salary: €36m (€3m per month)

Bonuses: €3m (Achieved following Barcelona’s quintuple in 2014/15)

Other forms of income: €35m

Sponsorship contracts: Adidas, Ooredoo (3 year contract, €15m), EA Sports, Gatorade, Pepsi, Samsung, Gillette, Audemars Piguet, Space Scouter, Lay’s, Tata Motors, Huawei.

Other operations: Advertising campaigns for the Argentinian international team and FC Barcelona, Dolce & Gabbana, Ambassador at the Expo 2020 Dubai, merchandise, Web TV, restaurant businesses, grape cultivation, a complex of luxury cottages, real estate and financial investments.

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