Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo with shock statistic – Neymar fourth as top 10 ranked

Lionel Messi earns nearly double the wages of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, according to L’Equipe’s annual salary report.

The French publication has crunched the numbers to reveal the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world, with Messi streaking clear at the top.

The Barcelona star picks up around £7.3million before tax, which is £3.2m more than Ronaldo following his summer move to Juventus.

Messi signed a new contract at the Nou Camp in November 2017 which saw him streak past Ronaldo in the wages table.

Of the top 10 identified by L’Equipe, five players ply their trade in La Liga while only two represent the Premier League.

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Alexis Sanchez is one of these with his bumper Manchester United contract putting him among the top players in the world, despite his disappointing recent on-field performances.

Two other stars on the list play in France, including Neymar who is ranked a surprise fourth in the wage stakes.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (£1.2m) and PSG heroes Edinson Cavani (£1.3m), Thiago Silva (£1m) and Angel Di Maria (£1m) all missed out – but who makes it into the top 10?

Paris Saint-Germain duo Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria both miss out on the top 10 (Image: GETTY)

Top highest-paid footballers based on monthly wages

10. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £1.4m

9. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – £1.5m

7 (Tied). Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – £2m

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7 (Tied). Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – £2m

6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £2.2m

Gareth Bale earns £2.2million every month despite patchy on-field performances at Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)

5. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – £2.5m

4. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – £2.7m

3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – £2.9m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £4.1m

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £7.3m

Messi is easily the highest-paid footballer in the world (Image: GETTY)

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