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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire.

After Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat, Messi has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, as reported by Forbes.

Messi is the highest earning player in 2020 according to Forbes, with the Argentina international set to earn $126million (£98million) - split between his salary of $92million (£72million) plus $34million (£26million) in endorsements.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire, Forbes have revealed

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football's second billionaire, Forbes have revealed

The Argentina star has many endorsement deals, including a boot contract with Adidas

The Argentina star has many endorsement deals, including a boot contract with Adidas

Messi has also appeared in various adverts, including for Pepsi - he's set to earn £98m this year

Messi has also appeared in various adverts, including for Pepsi - he's set to earn £98m this year

Having recently agreed to stay at Barcelona for another season after much uncertainty, Messi will hope that he can help the Catalan club to bounce back after they failed to win a trophy last campaign.

In addition to his boot deal with Adidas, Messi also has endorsement deals with Pepsi, Budweiser and AI-vision company OrCam Technologies. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes' list; he is set to earn £91million in 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes' list; he is set to earn £91million in 2020

Ronaldo is the most popular athlete in the world - he has 457 million followers on social media

Ronaldo is the most popular athlete in the world - he has 457 million followers on social media

Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes' list, with the Juventus attacker on course to earn $117million (£91million).

With 457 million followers across his social media accounts, Ronaldo is the most popular athlete in the world. He has deals with companies like Nike and Herbalife. 

In third is Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, who is due to earn $96million (£75million). 

The Brazil international recently switched to Puma after his deal with Nike came to an end. 

Neymar, who is due to earn £75million, recently made the switch from Nike to Puma

Neymar, who is due to earn £75million, recently made the switch from Nike to Puma

PSG's Kylian Mbappe rose significantly up the list and is poised to earn $42million this year

PSG's Kylian Mbappe rose significantly up the list and is poised to earn $42million this year

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