The best paid football players in the world


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Wales' Gareth Bale, his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi are among those named as the richest footballers in the world.

Forbes has released its 2018 list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, with boxer Floyd Mayweather topping it.

The list, compiled by the American business magazine, features the likes of Anthony Joshua, Conor McGregor and Lewis Hamilton - and includes nine football players.

Here are the best-paid football players in the world and the lucrative amount they earned, according to the list.

**Messi

Argentine Messi, who plays for Barcelona, is ranked second overall in the list.

According to the list, the 30-year-old raked in $111m - from $84m in winnings/salary and $27m from endorsements.

**Cristiano Ronaldo


Ranked third in the overall list, Portugal international Ronaldo took home $108m - made from $61m in winnings/salary and $47m in endorsements.

**Neymar


The Brazilian superstar, who is signed to French club Paris Saint-Germain, is listed fifth in the Forbes list.

He is listed as having earned $90m - coming from $73m in winnings/salary and $17m from endorsements.

**Gareth Bale


Wales' very own Gareth Bale, who scored two goals in Real Madrid's Champions League final victory over Liverpool last month, is listed at 35th in the list.


According to Forbes, Bale took home $34.6m (around £25.8m) - from $28.6m winnings and $6m in endorsements.

**Paul Pogba


French star Pogba is listed as 52nd with $29.5m - made from $25m of winnings/salary and $4.5m from endorsement deals.

**Oscar

Ranked just a few places after Pogba, Oscar comes in at 56th with $27.4m - earned from $25.9m of winnings/salary and $1.5m of endorsements.


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