Who is the richest footballer in the world?
Barcelonas Lionel Messi is now richer than Englands David Beckham.
These are certainly the best of times for Barcelona star Lionel Messi who has extended his lead in the game beyond the pitch by becoming the highest earner in world football, putting an end to David Beckham's two-year reign as the world's best-paid footballer.
The 22-year-old Argentine forward pockets an estimated 29.6 million annually, closely followed by Beckham at 27.3m, while Real Madrid hotshot Cristiano Ronaldo sits in third place with his estimated earnings having hit the 27m mark.
A 3.6 million bonus earned by Messi for winning the treble last season with Barcelona took him ahead of the England star, according to the rich list.
Messi was also ranked as the fourth highest-earning sports person in the world, behind golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and basketball star LeBron James. ...more