Lionel Messi could be called Mr. Money Bags…
The 28-year-old Argentine soccer star, a forward for Barcelona, is still the world’s highest-paid soccer player, according to a report to be published in Tuesday’s edition of France Football magazine.
Messi’s income stands at $84.3 million, according to the report.
His earnings in 2015 went up by $10.2 million compared to 2014, to surpass Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at $76.9 million and Barcelona’s Neymar, who came third with $49.6 million.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel di Maria of Argentina was the top-earning player in France with $27.3 million, according to the report.
The report explained that the estimates took into account “players’ pre-tax salaries, sponsorship revenues and various bonuses.”
The report added that Jose Mourinho is still the highest-paid coach with $27.3 million, although he was fired from Chelsea last December.