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12:00 AM, September 16, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:28 AM, September 16, 2020

Messi pips Ronaldo in rich list

Lionel Messi was denied a potentially money-spinning move away from Barcelona this month after a contract-dispute but the Argentine remains the world's richest football player.

According to a list compiled by Forbes, Messi's total earnings this year are $126 million -- $92 million from his salary and $34 million in endorsements.

Not surprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo comes in second although earnings of $117 million will soften the blow for the Juventus forward.

Neymar comes in third on the Forbes list ($96 million) with PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe fourth ($42 million).

The Premier League remains the world's richest domestic soccer league but only two of its outfield players feature in the top 10 of the wealth table -- Liverpool's title-winning striker Mohamed Salah in fifth spot ($37 million) and Manchester United's midfielder Paul Pogba ($34 million) in sixth.

Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann was seventh and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale eighth. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, the only Bundesliga player, in ninth.

Messi, 33, is in the final year of his contract so could leave for free next summer. By staying with the Catalan club, Messi is in line for an $83 million loyalty bonus so it is likely he will continue to top the money charts.

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