Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Lionel Messi as the highest-paid footballer in the Forbes rankings after both players changed clubs this summer.

Ronaldo ended his three-year stay with Serie A giants Juventus recently, rejoining his former club United and the move will see him earn $125 million before taxes in the 2021-22 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo Replaces Lionel Messi as Highest-Paid Footballer

Ronaldo is World’s Highest-Paid Footballer

Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain will see him earn $110 million before taxes in the current campaign, making him the second highest-paid footballer in the world. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner topped the list last season.

Messi to Miss Metz game

Messi has been ruled out of PSG’s Ligue 1 game against Metz after it was confirmed he is suffering from a bone bruise in his left knee.

The Argentina star has made three appearances for the Parisians since his move to the French side after ending his stay at Barcelona, where he had spent the major part of his career.

Messi Labelled as Tyrant by Former Barcelona Manager Ronald Koeman

Meanwhile, Messi’s former manager at Barcelona Ronald Koeman has described the forward as a tyrant in training who did not like to lose the ball and wanted the best from every member of his team.

Koeman told Voetbal International;

“We always play a rondo before training. If the ball goes around 20 times, then the players in the middle must have an extra turn. If that happens three times in a row, the players will form two lines and the two who were in the middle then walk through and get taps on their heads and such.

“I asked Messi if it had happened to him once. ‘Yes, once,’ he said. In all those years. With him, the older players never lost an exercise against the young. It happened once and Messi was seriously angry about that for a week. Really, a tyrant.”

Messi will be expected to return from injury when Paris Saint-Germain take on Montpellier in their next league game on September 25.

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