Messi was second to Ronaldo last season but has turned the figures around, earning 32 million euros more this season. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football while Jose Mourinho tops the managers' chart, according to France football magazine. The Barcelona forward is a long way ahead in the figures for the current season, with 126 million euros ($154million) in salary, bonuses and commercial revenue while his great Madrid rival is on 94 million euros. Last season 'CR7' was on 87.5 million euros with Messi on 76.5 million euros, working out to 25,000 euros per minute on the pitch this season for Messi in La Liga, the Champions League, Spanish Cup, Supercup and four Argentina appearances this season, assuming he plays all Barcelona's five remaining games.
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