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Ronaldo earns €200m annual, but Messi has a secret trump card

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are the highest paid footballers on the planet in terms of annual salary. Lionel Messi doesn’t even earn a quarter of what they’re currently making in Saudi Arabia, but he’s got something very special in his Inter Miami contract that nobosy else can match.

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Cristiano Ronaldo out-earning Messi almost fivefold

Ronaldo’s annual salary of 200m with Al-Nassr is matched by Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad. Although Messi is only earning 45m annual with Inter Miami in the MLS, some context here is required.

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Messi and his unprecedented Inter Miami deal

Lionel Messi spurned a multi-billion USD offer from Al-Hilal in the Saudi Pro League and opted to join David Beckham at Inter Miami. Why? Well, the Argentinian icon will receive a share of Adidas kit sales, a share of Apple TV Season Pass revenue, and an option to buy a stake in the club once he retires. This is an unprecedented sporting deal.

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Lionel Messi Inter Miami Benzema
Messi is moving stateside. Image: @espn / Twitter

Where’s Mbappe headed next?

Kylian Mbappe, much like former PSG teammate Messi, recently rejected overtures from the Saudi Pro League. He’s still earning a handsome annual salary of 45m with the French champions, but all indications point to him holding out for a move to Real Madrid.

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Mbappe Messi PSG Champions League
Mbappe and Messi will be key for PSG against Bayern. Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game of football.

Also, follow The South African on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news updates.

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