Forbes named the highest paid players in 2017

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis in fotobanka real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Archival Photo.Forbes named the highest paid players in 2017© RIA Novosti / Alexey filippoupolitis to the photobank

Cristiano Ronaldo took first place on the list of most paid footballers in the world in 2017, according to Forbes.

32-year-old striker of real Madrid and reigning European champion in the Portuguese national team ranks first in the list for the fourth consecutive year. According to the publication, for the period 1 June 2016 to 31 may 2017, the player has earned 93 million dollars. Of these, about 58 million — his salary and bonuses in the club, and the rest — the income from advertising contracts.

In second place was the player of «Barcelona» and the Argentina national team Lionel Messi. Its revenues reach $ 80 million per year, of which about 50 million have a salary and bonuses from the club.

Third place went to another football player of «Barcelona» Brazilian Neymar, the proceeds of which the compilers of the list was estimated at $ 37 million. On the fourth and fifth places were respectively the player of real Madrid and the Wales Gareth bale and striker «Manchester United» the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Their annual earnings — 34 and $ 32 million respectively.