• Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's combined earnings from last decade are insane
  • Ronaldo and Messi are consistent top earners
  • Ronaldo and Messi's worth expected to increase this year

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi earned an insane amount of money in the last decade.

Undeniably, Ronaldo and Messi are the two best soccer players in the world today. And everybody in sports is quite aware that being the best also means overwhelming amount of salaries. In fact, Ronaldo and Messi earned an overwhelming amount of over £1 billion ($1.3 billion) between them in the last decade – something that has been rarely achieved in sports history, Daily Mail reported.

The two long-time rivals have consistently been among the top earners of the past decade. Messi was already considered a global star in 2010. However, the Barcelona star only established his position on a constant run inside the top 10 earners in 2013.

After an array of accomplishments such as winning La Liga six times and the Champions League three times with Barcelona, Messi gradually increased his worth. And since 2016, he has never been outside the top three highest paid sport stars and ends the decade the best paid of them all, earning £97 million ($127 million) a year.

Messi’s earnings didn’t stop from his league contracts. The said figure included £70 million ($91 million) from salary and bonuses, with the remainder in endorsements.

As for Ronaldo, who started the decade as the 13th highest paid athlete in the world with an annual salary of £35.8 million ($46 million). The said amount was the result of CR7’s blockbuster move from Manchester United to Real Madrid. After the Portuguese star reached the top 10 a year later, he has not left it since.

It will be remembered that while at Madrid, Ronaldo was the top paid athlete in 2016 and 2017. His worth increased and reportedly has taken his annual earnings past £76 million ($99 million) a year when he joined Juventus in the summer of 2018.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi is a firm favorite to win the Ballon d'Or trophy back from Cristiano Ronaldo. Getty Images

Upon entering 2020, Ronaldo and Messi’s worth are expected to increase once again. Barcelona F.C. has expressed their full support on Messi by handing their captain 12 historical feats that he must and more likely to accomplish this year.

The list of challenges is consists of a series of feats that Messi is bound to achieve. With that being noted, the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner is likely end up in a top position in the list of highest-paid athletes by the end of the year.

Ronaldo on the other hand, is reportedlylikely to ink another huge deal. According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, the Portuguese superstar and Juventus have both displayed genuine desire to extend his contract until 2023.