Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has emerged as the world’s highest paid football player, as per Forbes magazine. This is the first time a player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the rundown in eight years.
Mbappe, 23, is estimated to earn $128 million for the 2022-23 season before agents’ fees, a record for Forbes’ yearly rankings, with PSG colleague Messi second at $120m and Manchester United’s Ronaldo ($100m) taking the third spot.
PSG’s Neymar ($87m) and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah ($53m) made the top five.
Erling Haaland, who has made a rankling start to his Manchester City career in the wake of joining the club from Borussia Dortmund this late spring, makes his debut in the top 10 with earnings of $39m.
The rise of Mbappe and Haaland, the top players younger than 30 on the list, flags a change in the global game, as per Forbes, as Messi and Ronaldo edge nearer to the end of their superb careers.
Altogether, the 10 highest-paid players are expected to collect record earnings worth $652m this season, up 11% from last year’s $585m.
Forbes’ list of highest-paid footballers 2022
- Kylian Mbappe
- Lionel Messi
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Mohamed Salah
- Erling Haaland
- Robert Lewandowski
- Eden Hazard
- Andres Iniesta
- Kevin De Bruyne