Cristiano Ronaldo is closely followed by Lionel Messi in the list of highest paid footballers playing in this World Cup © Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo is closely followed by Lionel Messi in the list of highest paid footballers playing in this World Cup © Getty Images

 

Rio de Janeiro: Jun 19, 2014

 

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes magazine‘s list of highest paid footballers in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Ronaldo, who is paid $80 million a year, came ahead of Barcelona’s Argentine striker Lionel Messi, who earns $64.7 million, reports EFE.

 

List of top-10 highest-paid players now participating in World Cup:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) (Real Madrid) $80 million

 

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) (Barcelona) $64.7 million

 

3. Neymar (Brazil) (Barcelona) $33.6 million

 

4. Wayne Rooney (England) (Manchester United) $23.4 million

 

5. Sergio Aguero (Argentina) (Manchester City) $23.3 million

 

6. Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire) (Manchester City) $21.7 million

 

7. Fernando Torres (Spain) (Chelsea) $21.3 million

 

8. Robin van Persie (Netherlands) (Manchester United) $19.5 million

 

9. Steven Gerrard (England) (Liverpool) $18.7 million

 

10. Mesut Ozil (Germany) (Arsenal) $18.5 million

 

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