Ronaldo Drops Behind Messi, Neymar 2 Other Stars As Highest Paid Footballers (Read More)

Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a pay cut to join Man United and it has affected his ranking in the top ten most paid footballers, Give Me Sport.

According to football expert Tancredi Palmeri revealed on his social media handle that Ronaldo’s £480,000-per-week has seen him drop from second-highest-paid star to fifth.


The ranking is based on players net salary with no bonus or other income considered as pairs Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi tops the list.

Ronaldo drops from 2nd to 5th highest paid footballer after move to Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo is now behind Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Oscar in terms of footballers with the highest salaries. Photo by Giuseppe Cottini and PSG Source: Getty Images

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner who joined PSG as a free agent will be going home with a whopping €35m annually.


Messi’s teammate Neymar is second on the list grossing €30m while former Barcelona legend who now plies his trade in the J-League is third with Vissel Kobe with a yearly income of €25m.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar who now plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Port earns €24m annual salary.

Ronaldo is now pitched in fifth position and it is understood he will taking €23m annually on his return to Manchester United.

Here are the Top 10 best-paid footballers in the world based on their weekly wages

1. Lionel Messi €35m

2. Neymar €30m

3. Andres Iniesta €25m

4. Oscar €24m

5. Cristiano Ronaldo €23m

6. Antoine Griezmann €20m

7. Mohamed Salah €19.5m

8. Gareth Bale €16m

9. Philippe Coutinho €15.5m

10. Robert Lewandowski €15.5m

Meanwhile, 260vibes global had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had to accept a slight pay cut to rejoin Manchester United from Juventus days before the summer window closes, Give Me Sport.


The Red Devils met Juve’s asking price of £23.1million and an agreement was made to re-sign the 36-year-old to end speculation about his future.

United were quick to release a statement regarding the development after negotiations with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner took just an hour to accept a transfer back to Old Trafford.


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