Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is now the richest footballer in the world with a total estimated earnings of €148m.
David Beckham was named the richest footballer in 2013, but after his retirement, he was ousted for the contest for the yearly rich list of footballers.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid €148m (R2.2 billion)
2. Lionel Messi, Barcelona €146m (R2.18 billion)
3. Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea €85m (R1.27 billion)
4. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United €84m (R1.26 billion)
5. Kaka, AC Milan €82m (R1.23 billion)
6. Neymar & family, Barcelona €80m (R1.20 billion)
7. Ronaldinho, Atletico Mineiro €78m (R1.17 billion)
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris St-Germain €69m (R1.03 billion)
9. Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus €63m (R942 million)