Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar: Who are the world’s highest-paid footballers? – GIVEMESPORT

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the highest-earning footballer in the world.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has made no shortage of headlines over the summer after submitting a transfer request to leave his boyhood club after a 19-year collaboration.

But just as a shock transfer to Manchester City looked to be inevitable, disagreements over Messi‘s contract at Camp Nou meant that club and player will continue to work together.

Messi earns billionaire status

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu held crisis talks with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, after the player refused to participate in training, eventually coming to a mutual agreement.

It remains to be seen whether Messi will remain at Barcelona for merely another season or if he’ll extend his deal before next summer, but his wallet certainly won’t be suffering in the meantime.

It’s long been acknowledged that Messi is one of the highest-earning footballers in the world and was hot on heals of Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the beautiful game’s first ever billionaire.

p1ei6qrtvljvh4131mdm1cu5muv9.jpg

Messi and Ronaldo top the earnings

And now Forbes are claiming that Messi resolving his contract dispute has elevated the Argentine into that ten-figure promised land in their latest report on football earnings.

Their report notes that Messi and Ronaldo are ‘the only team-sport athletes to earn $1 billion during their careers’ and the two superstars unsurprisingly top the 2020 list of top earners.

Forbes formulate their figures based on conversations players’ agents, commercial sponsors and football experts from both sides of the pond, including both club wages and endorsements.

p1ei6r0p6pscp1nc6joj1b3gsoid.jpg

Football’s highest-earning players

You can check out the full list down below to see which players come the closest to rivalling Ronaldo and Messi’s continentally-sized bank balances:

10. David de Gea (Manchester United) – $27 million

Salary: $24 million

Endorsements: $3 million

9. Robert Lewandowski – $28 million

Salary: $24 million

Endorsements: $4 million

p1ei6r1q7410df87t1b1f1kgst6gg.jpg

8. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – $29 million

Salary: $23 million

Endorsements: $6 million

7. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – $33 million

Read More

Pirlo says Juventus are work in progress after Roma draw – Reuters India

ROME (Reuters) – Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was disappointed by his sie’s performance in Sunday’s 2-2 Serie A draw at AS Roma but explained that his side was still a “work in progress”.

Soccer Football – Serie A – AS Roma v Juventus – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – September 27, 2020. Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

The Italian champions failed to impress in the capital and had a Cristiano Ronaldo double to thank as they came from behind twice, the second time while down to 10 men after Adrien Rabiot was shown a second yellow card.

“It was a step backwards, but as a team we are a work in progress,” Pirlo told Sky Italia.

“We haven’t had the chance to try

Read More

Talking-points from the Serie A weekend – Reuters UK

(Reuters) – Talking-points from the Serie A weekend:

NAPOLI IN DEVASTATING FORM BUT GATTUSO NOT HAPPY

Napoli made it two wins from two Serie A games this season with their 6-0 rout of Genoa yet coach Gennaro Gattuso was not entirely satisfied. The famously combative coach is not one to allow his players to get carried away and his verdict was typically pithy.

“The result is deceptive,” he said, remembering that his team were only 1-0 ahead at halftime.

“If we hadn’t scored at the beginning of the second half, I would surely have brought on another midfielder. We suffered a bit in the first half, even though we created chances. We need to improve.”

THE ‘NEXT ATALANTA’ IN IMPRESSIVE FORM

While Atalanta began the new campaign in typically exuberant style with a 4-2 win at Torino, the team seen as most likely to emulate their rise to the top were also in impressive form.

Sassuolo, often branded the “next Atalanta”, thumped promoted Spezia 4-1 away while forward Francesco Caputo also had three goals ruled off for offside following VAR reviews.

Sassuolo finished eighth last season and scored an impressive 69 goals and coach Roberto De Zerbi said he was aiming higher this term.

“This is the philosophy of the club and myself,” he said. “We try to put this into practice, sometime

Read More

Talking-points from the Serie A weekend – Reuters UK

(Reuters) – Talking-points from the Serie A weekend:

NAPOLI IN DEVASTATING FORM BUT GATTUSO NOT HAPPY

Napoli made it two wins from two Serie A games this season with their 6-0 rout of Genoa yet coach Gennaro Gattuso was not entirely satisfied. The famously combative coach is not one to allow his players to get carried away and his verdict was typically pithy.

“The result is deceptive,” he said, remembering that his team were only 1-0 ahead at halftime.

“If we hadn’t scored at the beginning of the second half, I would surely have brought on another midfielder. We suffered a bit in the first half, even though we created chances. We need to improve.”

THE ‘NEXT ATALANTA’ IN IMPRESSIVE FORM

While Atalanta began the new campaign in typically exuberant style with a 4-2 win at Torino, the team seen as most likely to emulate their rise to the top were also in impressive form.

Sassuolo, often branded the “next Atalanta”, thumped promoted Spezia 4-1 away while forward Francesco Caputo also had three goals ruled off for offside following VAR reviews.

Sassuolo finished eighth last season and scored an impressive 69 goals and coach Roberto De Zerbi said he was aiming higher this term.

“This is the philosophy of the club and myself,” he said. “We try to put this into practice, sometime

Read More

Ronaldo double earns point for 10-man Juventus at Roma – Reuters UK

ROME (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal of the night rescued a 2-2 draw for 10-man Juventus away to AS Roma in Serie A on Sunday, after Jordan Veretout had twice put the capital club in front.

Veretout and Ronaldo netted penalties after both teams were penalised for handball, and the French midfielder then struck his second of the night in first-half stoppage time.

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot was shown a second yellow card to leave his side a man down for the final third of the match, but a towering Ronaldo header earned a point for the Italian champions in Andrea Pirlo’s second game in charge.

The result leaves Juventus in fifth place, with four points from their opening two league

Read More

Mohamed Salah Is a Better EPL Player Than Cristiano Ronaldo Ever Was

  • Salah is on the brink of surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Premier League goal tally.
  • The Egyptian has played 73 games less than the Portuguese superstar.
  • Salah looks more determined than ever to humble the Premier League once again.

When Jurgen Klopp coughed up £35 million to sign Mohamed Salah from Roma, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

After he flopped at Chelsea, many felt that Salah simply couldn’t cut the mustard in England. Klopp, ever the optimist, disagreed.

Salah made no secret of just how determined he was to banish the ghosts of that miserable Chelsea spell–and boy did it show.

Salah’s Incredible First Season at Anfield

His first season at Anfield was nothing short of a coronation. The Egyptian King made the Premier League his playground, finding the net with terrifying ease and driving his new side towards the promised land of the UEFA Champions League final. Watch the video:

Salah netted 44 times in all competitions that season, the Premier League scoring record fell, he won the Golden Boot, a Puskas award followed, and he was named the PFA Player of the Year.

Could He Ever Be That Good Again?

In a way, that scintillating first season proved to be a bit of a problem for Salah. However hard he tried, whatever followed, it may never match-up, and the growing doubters made their voices heard.

He still won a Golden Boot in his second season, the Champions League as well. In combination with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, he took Liverpool to within a Hair-breadth of their first Premier League title ever, but still, doubts seemed to linger.

Salah, EPL
Salah’s remarkable trophy hall. | Source: Twitter

30 Years of Hurt

As Salah roared shirtless in front of the adoring Kop after scoring against Manchester United, Liverpool fans finally believed that it was their year.

That stoppage-time goal against Manchester United was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and it was Salah who scored it.

The Reds would cruise to the first title in three decades, racking up 99 points. Salah would once again finish as their top scorer.

Better Than Cristiano Ronaldo?

It can be argued that Salah is criminally underrated in England, but is claiming he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo justified?

Simple answer? Yes.

In 196 Premier League game

Read More