Ronaldo beats Messi to top 2023 richest footballers’ list

Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid footballer in the world in 2023, earning more than counterparts, Lionel Messi and Neymar in the last year, according to Forbes,

Ronaldo, who owns more than 20 luxurious cars and eight properties, topped the list with expected total earnings of $260 million.

The 38-year-old who plays for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, is also ranked as the highest-paid athlete of any sport.

Ronaldo rich list

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s deal with Al Nassri is thought to be worth $200m, while his endorsement portfolio is estimated to be worth $60m annually.

Ronaldo’s arch rival, Argentina captain Lionel Messi, is in second place with expected total earnings of $135m. Following in third place is Brazil forward, Neymar with $112m in total earnings.

See the list below:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $260 million

2. Lionel Messi – $135 million

3. Neymar Jr. – $112 million

4. Kylian Mbappé – $110 million

5. Karim Benzema – $106 million

6. Erling Haaland ($58m)

7. Mohamed Salah ($53m)

8. Sadio Mané ($52m)

9. Kevin De Bruyne ($39m)

10. Harry Kane ($36m).