FOOTBALL- Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi earns nearly £7.3 million a month before tax, almost double that is being earned by Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to a report published by L’Equipe, Messi is Europe’s highest paid footballer in terms of monthly wage and Ronaldo is a distant second with £4.1 million. Antoine Griezmann, Neymar and Luis Suarez make the top five.
Out of the 10 players listed, five play in Spain, two are from France and England while Ronaldo is the sole Italian to feature in the list.
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (£2.2m), Philippe Coutinho (£2m), Alexis Sanchez (£2m), Kylian Mbappe (£1.5m) and Mesut Ozil (£1.4m) complete the list.
The French newspaper also reported the top earners in Ligue 1 and how much every player's earnings have increased in the past seasons.