The Argentine and Barcelona star,Lionel Messi has join the league of billionaire after Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat back in June through football.
Messi brought in $92 million in salary and $34 million in endorsements.
Forbes report that, the Argentine has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, making him the highest-earning player in 2020.
According to the magazine, Messi is set to earn a whopping $126million (salary of $92million plus $34million in endorsements).
Argentina international has endorsement deals with Adidas, Pepsi, Budweiser, and AI-vision company OrCam Technologies.
Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes’ list with the Juventus attacker on course to earn $117million. The Portuguese striker who is the most popular athlete in the world has deals with companies like Nike and Herbalife many more.
In third is Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, who is set to earn $96million. The Brazil international recently switched to Puma after his deal with Nike came to an end.
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo ($117 million), Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar ($96 million) and Kylian Mbappe ($42 million), Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah ($37 million), Manchester United’s Paul Pogba ($34 million), Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann ($33 million), Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale ($29 million), Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski ($28 million) and Manchester United’s David De Gea ($27 million).
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the only African player who features and is expected to earn around $37 million