Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains the world’s highest paid footballer with an annual income of 74 million euros ($84.3 million, £59.3 million), according to a report set to appear in Tuesday’s edition of France Football magazine.


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Messi‘s earnings in 2015 rose by nine million euros compared to the previous figures, keeping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (67.4m euros) and Neymar (43.5m euros) as the top three stayed unchanged for the third year running.

Neymar Ronaldo and Messi

France Football’s estimates were based on players’ pre-tax salaries, sponsorship revenues, and various bonuses, it added.

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Meanwhile, Forbes reported that Messi’s annual salary from the Catalan giants is $51.8 million (£36.2 million) and Ronaldo’s as $52.6 million (£36.8 million) at Los Blancos.

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi after receiving the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or award for player of the year during the 2015 Fifa Ballon d'Or award ceremony
FC Barcelona and Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi after receiving the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or award for player of the year during the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or award ceremony

However, figures in France only accounted for player wages and contract bonuses, according to the report.

Despite his sacking from Chelsea in December, Jose Mourinho was the highest-earning coach on 24 million euros, with Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello rounding out the top three.

View the list of 9 Highest Paid Footballers in the World 2016 below:

  1. Lionel MessiAnnual Income: 74 million euros ($84.3 million, £59.3 million)
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Annual Income (67.4m euros)
  3. Neymar – Annual Income (43.5m euros)
  4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain, 34) – Annual Salary: €20m (£16m; $22.5m) Performance Bonus: €2.5m (£2m; $2.8m) Other Income: €6m (£4.8m; $7m)
  5. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, 31) –  Annual Salary: €23m (£18.3m; $26m) Performance Bonus: €1m (£800,000; $1.1m) Other Income: €2.5m (£2m; $2.8m)
  6. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain, 28) — Annual Salary: €24m (£19.1m; $27m) Performance Bonus: €800,000(£640,000; $900,000) Other Income: €1.2m (£960,000; $1.35m)
  7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 26)Annual Salary: €14m (£11.2m; $16m) Performance Bonus: €500,000(£399,000; $565,000) Other Income: €10m (£8m; $11.3m)
  8. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, 26)— Annual Salary: €16m (£12.8m; $18m) Performance Bonus: €600,000(£478,600; $677,000) Other Income: €7m (£5.6m; $8m)
  9. Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona, ​​31)— Annual Salary: €15m (£12m; $17m) Performance Bonus: €2m (£1.6m; $2.3m) Other Income: €4.5m (£3.6m; $5m)

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