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Ronaldo earned over $80 million last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than Lionel Messi, according to Forbes

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Cristiano Ronaldo earned an incredible £56.7million last year, making him the highest-paid footballer in the world ahead of Lionel Messi, according to Forbes

The Real Madrid maestro received £36.7million as a basic salary from the La Liga giants, while the rest was made up in endorsements and sponsorship deals. 

That might not sit well with Messi, who has to survive on a mere £53.3m. 

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Who's better?

It means Ronaldo is the biggest earner in any team sport, thanks to Madrid's enormous wealth, with Forbes also revealing that Los Blancos are the world's most valuable club. 

However, the stats, brought to our attention by ESPNFC are sure to re-open the Ronaldo vs. Messi debate. The latter won the 2015 Ballon d'Or, but between the two of them, they have dominated the award for nine years. 

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At least the tricky Argentine superstar has a chance to get one over on the Portugal captain this weekend when Barcelona are on course to lift the La Liga trophy for the sixth time in eight years. Madrid sit just one point behind them, but they are relying on lowly Granada, who are already safe from relegation, to stop the champions-elect. 

Messi the real winner

It will give Messi the chance to hit Ronaldo where it really hurts, not in the wallet, but on the football pitch. 

Unsurprisingly, third in the list of big-earners was Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain, while Neymar followed him in fourth. Gareth Bale, who is the world's most expensive player officially since heading to the Bernabeu from Tottenham, lies in fifth. 

Of the top four, Messi is the only one whose future is relatively certain. Ibrahimovic is being linked with a move to the Premier League, though few English clubs have the financial muscle to rival PSG. Neymar has been under huge pressure at Barca, while Ronaldo has been linked with replacing Ibrahimovic in Paris. 

Who is better - Ronaldo or Messi? Have your say in the comments. 

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Topics:
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
UEFA Champions League

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