Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest paid soccer player in the world for 2015, Forbes report.
The 31-year-old was reported to have earned a mouthwatering $82 million with an annual salary of $53m and $29m in endorsements.
The Portuguese has made $550m over the course of his 14-year playing career.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, came second with $51m salary augmented by $26m (£18m) in endorsements.
The 28-year-old Argentine captain, who has spent his entire career with Barca, has made $450m
Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came third, with the Swede receiving $37m through his salary with the Ligue 1 champions, with only $7m coming through endorsements.
Lionel Messi’s teammate Neymar was named in fourth place with $36m.
According to the report, the Brazilian was the only footballer on the list to earn more in endorsements $22m than through his salary $14m.
Gareth Bale was fifth on the list ($34m). The Welsh international who signed a six-year deal with Madrid in 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur overtook Ronaldo as the football’s most expensive player.
Forbes ranked Real Madrid as football’s most valuable club.
World’s highest-paid soccer players:
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 11, 2016
Forbes’ top five highest-paid footballers:
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): $82m (£56.7m)
2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona): $77m (£53.3m)
3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain): $37m (£25.6m)
4 Neymar (Barcelona): $36m (£24.9m)
5 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $34m (£23.5m)