Lionel Messi has been named as the richest player in world football ahead of his arch rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the list compiled by France Football for the top 10 best-paid players in 2019, the Barcelona superstar who earns £500k per week made a staggering £120mi|lion last year, £11m more than his rival.
Ronaido who is on £688k per week salary at Juventus, made £109million last year.
The duo are the only players to surpass the £100m mark on the list which was made up from their wages, bonuses, endorsements, commercial revenue, and other streams.
Throughout his career, Messi has been involved in charitable efforts aimed at vulnerable children, a commitment that stems in part from the medical difficulties he faced in his own childhood.
Since 2004, he has contributed his time and finances to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an organisation with which Barcelona also have a strong association.
Messi has served as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since his appointment in March 2010, completing his first field mission for the organisation four months later as he travelled to Haiti to bring public awareness to the plight of the country’s children in the wake of the recent earthquake.
He has since participated in UNICEF campaigns targeting HIV prevention, education and the social inclusion of disabled children.
CANDIIDONLINE gathered that PSG forward, Neymar pocketed £87m last year while Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale received £35.45m which made them rank third and fourth respectively.