Paris - Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains the world's highest
paid footballer with an annual income of €74 million, according to a report set to appear in
Tuesday's edition of France Football magazine.
Messi's earnings in 2015 rose by €9 million compared to the
previous figures, keeping the five-time Ballon d'Or winner ahead of
Cristiano Ronaldo (€67.4m) and Neymar (€43.5m) as the top
three stayed unchanged for the third year running.
France Football's estimates were based on players' pre-tax salaries, sponsorship revenues and various bonuses, it added.
Angel Di Maria was the top-earning player in France with €24 million following his off-season move from Manchester United, with the
Argentine narrowly ahead of Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Thiago Silva
and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
However, figures in France only accounted for player wages and contract bonuses, according to the report.
Despite his sacking from Chelsea in December, Jose Mourinho was the
highest earning coach on €24 million, with Pep Guardiola and Fabio
Capello rounding out the top three.