Highest paid football players in the world

Who are the players with the highest salaries in the world? The salary of football players is in the millions of dollars, which is a huge sum of money that will make your head spin. Although the average salary in the Premier League is about 3 million euros each season, salaries are quite high throughout Europe’s top flight in general. The Premier League is the highest-paid league in Europe. But who exactly is the player who makes the most money in the world? Let’s take a look at the players who have managed to get record-setting salary figures and do so position by position.

Some come from the English Football League, which is not only one of the wealthiest and most popular leagues in the world but also the birthplace of the sport. English clubs have been able to increase their economic status via the use of sponsors, partnerships, and deals with broadcast networks. As a result, they are marketing themselves to players from throughout Europe as a financially secure and appealing destination. The following list, compiled by Forbes and based on gross salary as well as sponsorship income, details the top ten highest-paid football players in the world:

The highest-paid players in the world in 2021/2022

Note: Values are in millions of dollars. Here are the highest-paid players:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo: $270 million (including 215 salaries and 55 sponsors).
  • Lionel Messi: $110 million (75 + 35).
  • Neymar: $95 million (75 + 20).
  • Kylian Mbappé: $70 million (with loyalty bonus)
  • Erling Braut Haaland: $50 million.
  • Mohamed Salah: $41 million (25 + 16).
  • Robert Lewandowski: $35 million (27 + 8).
  • Andres Iniesta: $34 million (31 plus 3).
  • Paul Pogba: $34 million (27 + 7).
  • Gareth Bale: $32 million (26 + 6).

The highest-paid footballer in the world is Ronaldo, followed by Messi and Neymar.

According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in the history of the sport thanks to his gross income as well as the sponsorships he has received. It is said that Al-Nassr gives him a total of $215 million, and sponsors give him an additional $55 million.

Leo Messi now holds the record for the second-highest annual salary of any player. Due to the fact that Messi receives less money from sponsors than the Portuguese, the total amount “stops” at 110 million dollars.

Neymar is third in the ranking of the highest-paid footballers in the world.

The Brazilian player Neymar currently holds the third spot on the list of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
Additionally, PSG spent the most money on him of any player they have ever acquired. The former player for Santos and Barcelona earns the same amount of money as Lionel Messi in terms of his gross income, but since he has fewer sponsors than Messi does, his total gross compensation is $95 million each year.

Kylian Mbappé’s loyalty bonus

The new contract that Kylian Mbappé signed in May 2022 included a bonus of 180 million dollars, which was to be paid out in three installments, and a salary that had the potential to increase from season to season depending on his loyalty.

Mbappé will get €70 million for the 2022–23 season if he does not leave PSG by June 2023, and he will receive €80 million for the 2023–24 season if he does not leave the club by June 2024. These payments are conditional on Mbappé being with PSG until those respective dates.

Additionally, the terms of his contract provide that he is eligible to receive an additional €90 million in compensation if he does not leave before 2025.