Ten Highest Paid Footballers of 2023

Ten Highest Paid Footballers of 2023

Football is a sport which has a plethora of money in it. The recent corporatization of the game has seen a massive influx of money across the world. And the top players in the game earn big bucks at the end of every season. 

Ace footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and other global football stars not only earn substantial salaries from their clubs but also rake in significant income through various sponsorship deals, image rights and other commercial ventures.

According to a recent report by Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid footballer in the world, surpassing his contemporary rivals like Lionel Mess and Neymar. The contract of the Portuguese along with Saudi club Al Nassr is speculated to be valued at $200 million. Forbes estimates his endorsements, including collaborations with major brands such as Nike and Jacob & Co, to provide him with an annual income of $60 million.

His total earnings of $135 million are mainly due to his transition to Inter Miami of the MLS, Lionel Messi reaching the second position in the ranking. Brazil star Neymar completes the top three with his reported $112 million earning from Al Hilal. Among the younger lot, Kylian Mbappe is the highest-earning player with an annual income of $110 million.

Forbes’ Top Ten Highest Paid Footballers 2023

1. Cristiano Ronaldo ($260m)

2. Lionel Messi ($135m)

3. Neymar ($112m) 

4. Kylian Mbappé ($110m) 

5. Karim Benzema ($106m)

6. Erling Haaland ($58m) 

7. Mohamed Salah ($53m)

8. Sadio Mané ($52m) 

9. Kevin De Bruyne ($39m)

10. Harry Kane ($36m)

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