Cristiano Ronaldo earns more than Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi is everyone's favourite footballer once again after inspiring Barcelona to an incredible second Spanish treble in the space of six years.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo experienced another trophyless season as a Real Madrid player despite his best efforts.

Once again the two were comparably brilliant for the respective clubs with Messi scoring 58 goals in all competitions while Ronaldo picked up 61 and the argument over which one is better continues unabated.

Ronaldo won the biggest individual battle of 2014, picking up his second consecutive Ballon d'Or and his third overall after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

Now he has taken another significant individual title after being named the highest earning footballer on the planet with, you guessed it, Messi coming in a close second.

The rich list

Forbes magazine released their annual sport rich list on Thursday with the top two spaces unsurprisingly dominated by the boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Then comes the epic battle between football's greatest rivals but, unlike Mayweather ($300m) and Pacquiao ($160m), who are separated by an incredible $140m, there is less than $6m between Ronaldo ($79.6m) and Messi ($73.8m)

The breakdown

Forbes claim that Ronaldo earns a basic wage of $52.6m. That equates to an incredible £655,000-a-week, which is paid almost entirely by Real Madrid but also in some parts by the Portuguese national team as well.

Messi, in comparison, earns just a shade under at $51.8m, which is roughly 645,000-a-week. That seems very similar, but none of us would scoff at the £10,000-a-week that separates them.

The real difference comes with regards to endorsements with Ronaldo taking home $27m thanks to contracts with the likes of Toyota, Nike, Castor Oil and that ridiculous mouth exercising thing.

Messi, who enjoys contracts with Pepsi and Adidas amongst many others, takes home a comparatively paltry $22m.

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A small victory

We all know Ronaldo loves an individual award. The weird noise he made during a very prestigious Ballon d'Or gala seemed to prove that the Portuguese's raison d'être is to stand alone on a stage with a trophy rather than with his team-mates.

That is why he is probably sitting on his king sized bed, wrapped in the finest Egyptian silk whilst wearing his self-branded, super tight pants and looking on the Forbes website, quietly whispering 'Si' into the mirror.

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