Forbes' highest paid footballers in 2017

International Edition By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 26/05/2017

Highest paid footballers in 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona once again lead the list of best-paid footballers on the planet for the year 2017.

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list as expected and Barcelona Lionel Messi deputies him on the list of best-paid football players.

The two have won every Ballon d'Or award since 2008 between them and predictably rank well ahead of every other player in the world in terms of income as well. Here’s a look at the top five:

1: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), $93 million

2: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), $80 million

3: Neymar (Barcelona), $37 million

4: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), $34 million

5: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Manchester United), $32 million.

It marks the fourth straight year Ronaldo leads the list. His $93 million also tops the general list for athletes―in fact, the $58 million he made in salary and bonus money alone would be good enough for third place.

Messi has some catching up to do, but with just one year left on his current deal, there's a good chance Barcelona will give him a hefty raise in the near future.

While the top four players on the list play in the Spanish La Liga, the highest average salary belongs to Manchester United, and veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimović snuck into the top five with total earnings of $32 million.