PSG star Mbappe beats Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and Salah in money league



Mbappe has been crowned as the highest-paid football player in the world in 2022 above teammate Lionel Messi and his Manchester United rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Frenchman, who recently signed a ridiculous new deal worth £500m, earned a whopping £108.3 million in 2022 to top the list, according to the Sun.

Mbappe, 23, snubbed a move to Champions League winners Real Madrid this summer to sign a new contract with French champions PSG.

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Mbappe made more money in 2022 than his PSG teammates, Messi and Neymar.

That contract, which sees him earn a whopping £91m a year, and runs until the summer of 2025 has helped him become the highest-paid footballer on earth.

The World Cup winner also made £17.3 million from endorsements with some of the biggest brands.

Ronaldo, Messi were relegated to the money league

Meanwhile, in the first signal of a change of guard, Ronaldo and Messi aren’t the highest-paid footballers anymore.

Cristiano Ronaldo came in at number 2 on the list.

While they may not be top of the log, both legends of the game have been relegated to second and third respectively in the world.

Ronaldo is the second highest paid player on the list with a total of £97.9 million made in 2022.

Lionel Messi may have scored vs more UCL teams than Cristiano Ronaldo but he is behind his rival in the money league.

£52 million of that sum came from endorsements, with the majority of his income said to be from brands like Nike, Herbalife, and Tau Heuer.

Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi, came in at third position with a total of £95.3 million in annual revenue. Like his rival Ronaldo, most of Messi’s income comes from endorsements and sponsorships.

Mo Salah – the only African on the list

The only African representative in the money league is Liverpool and Egypt super forward, Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah

Salah finds himself inside the top five (5) with a total of £34.2 million made in 2022.

While that is well off the mark compared to the top four (4) of Mbappe, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar, it’s good to see an African on the list.

Salah put pen to a new deal in the summer which sees him double his wages at Liverpool after coming close to leaving Anfield.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers in 2022

  1. Kylian Mbappe – £108.3m
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo – £97.9m
  3. Lionel Messi – £95.3m
  4. Mohamed Salah – £34.2m
  5. Andres Iniesta – £26m
  6. Raheem Sterling – £25.5m
  7. Kevin de Bruyne – £25.1m
  8. Antoine Griezmann – £23.8m

Source: Pulse

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