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Messi remains world’s top paid footballer

Barcelona fowards Messi (r) and Neymar celebrate a goal against Arsenal. PHOTO/FILE.

Barcelona fowards Messi (r) and Neymar celebrate a goal against Arsenal. PHOTO/FILE.

PARIS, April 11 – Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains the world’s highest paid footballer with an annual income 8.3 Billion Kenya Shillings according to a report set to appear in Tuesday’s edition of France Football magazine.

Messi’s earnings in 2015 rose by nine million euros compared to the previous figures, keeping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (7.6 Billion KSH) and Neymar (4.9 Billion KSH) as the top three stayed unchanged for the third year running.

France Football’s estimates were based on players’ pre-tax salaries, sponsorship revenues and various bonuses, it added.

Angel Di Maria was the top-earning player in France with 2.7 Billion  Kenya Shillings following his off-season move from Manchester United, with the Argentine narrowly ahead of Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, figures in France only accounted for player wages and contract bonuses, according to the report.

Despite his sacking from Chelsea in December, Jose Mourinho was the highest earning coach on 2.7 Billion Kenya Shillings, with Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello rounding out the top three.

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