Ronaldo Beats Messi As Highest Paid Footballer Again
Cristiano Ronaldo has again beaten longstanding rival Lionel Messi in the overall earnings stakes, maintaining his status as the highest paid jock within the world.
Overall, the Portuguese pocketed $82 million (R1.24 billion) in 2015, as revealed by Forbes magazine on Wed evening. Messi, meanwhile, finished in second place with total earnings of $77 million (R1.16 billion).
Ronaldo received $53 million (R801 million) in salary and bonus payments, plus AN extra $29 million (R438 million) from endorsement deals, making the 31-year-old the highest paid jock for a 3rd consecutive year.
Messi earned $51 million (R771 million) in earnings and bonus payments in 2015, despite winning the treble compared to zero major trophies won by Ronaldo in 2015. The Argentine also pocketed another $26 million (R393 million) from endorsement deals.
Based on Ronaldo’s earnings and bonuses, the Portuguese received $750 000 (R11.3 million) per goal or assist in 2015 – seventy one in total – whereas Messi earned $722 000 (R10.9 million) for every of his seventy goals and assists.
Forbes compiled their rich list of the highest paid soccer stars when speaking “with players’ agents, talent agencies, commercial sponsors and related consultants in the us and Europe. Figures are in US$ and embody football game salaries, bonuses, and endorsements earned in 2015.”