Football’s top earners in 2016-17: Cristiano Ronaldo tops Lionel Messi in money charts


REAL Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again — beating Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi one more time but this time  in their battle off the field .


The Portuguese superstar has been named as the best paid footballer in 2016-17, earning €10million (AU$14m) more than his Argentinian rival.
According to figures which appeared in Tuesday’s edition of France Football, Ronaldo brought home €87.5m ($124.7m) in earnings, while Barcelona’s Lionel Messi earned €76.5m ($109m).
Messi’s Barca teammate Neymar is third with €55.5m ($79.1m) ahead of Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale (€41m, $58.4m) and Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi (€28.5m, $40.6m), who plays for Hebei Fortune in the Chinese Super

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Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is the best paid coach, with income of €28m ($40m), the magazine also revealed.
France Football said it based its figures on salary, bonuses and advertising income for the 2016-2017 season.

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