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35-year-old Ronaldo beats rival Lionel Messi to emerge most paid player in the world

- Cristiano Ronaldo beats rival Lionel Messi to become the most paid footballer in the last 12 months

- The 35-year-old earned $105m between June 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020

- Argentine star ranks second on the table with $104m while Neymar, Salah and Mbappe wrap up top five list with $95m, $35m and $33.8m respectively

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged as the highest-paid footballer in the world according to the latest rankings released by Forbes.

The 35-year-old earned a staggering sum of $105 million dollars between the period June 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020.

Though the outbreak of deadly coronavirus forced the Portuguese star to take a pay cut at his Serie A club, he is however unshaken in his annual earnings.

The former Manchester United winger gaps his archrival and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi with just $1 million during the period under review.

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Current world's most expensive player Nemar Jr closely following the multiple Ballon d'Or winners with a total of $95 million in the last one year.

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The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou - a move that might materialise eventually this summer if the Catalans persist.

It is however unsure how the move will affect his projections in earnings in the next one year with reports claiming he will take a salary slash before seeing his dreams come back to life.

Neymar has been super impressive for the Parisians since he joined them in 2017, but the winger appears unfulfilled at the Parc Des Princes.

Liverpool's influential forward Mohamed Salah comes in on the fourth position with $35.1 million in earnings in the last 12 months.

The Egyptian goal king has been impressive since he joined the Reds from Italian side Roma, helping them to Champions League glory last season.

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He is also among the golden generation to help the Merseyside outfit end their Premier League title wait for about three decades.

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French World Cup-winning star Kylian Mbappe wrapped the top five stars with most wages in the last 12 months.

The attacker's total income in the period under review stands at $33.8 million but he could double this if his move to Real Madrid materialises this summer.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo's partner Georgina Rodriguez has continued to spark up speculation about her second child for the Juventus superstar.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner went biking with his spouse and their four kids but the model found a way to hide her belly bump in the picture she posted on social media.

All dressed in comfy costumes with protective headgear posed for a quick snapshot while the forward gave the cameraman a thumbs up.

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