The top earners in football reflect the considerable cash flow into the game. Footballers’ income at the game’s highest level has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly since large multinationals, oligarchs, and oil nations became club owners. The game’s popularity has also allowed players to negotiate lucrative endorsement contracts, some of which can pay almost as much as their salary.
The top ten highest earners of the game in 2022
The top ten players on the planet, representing teams like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool, earn enormous sums from sponsorship deals and player salaries. Here is the list of the top ten earners in 2022. The list is in US dollars and according to Sportico’s Kurt Badenhausen.
10. Antoine Griezmann- Atlectico Madrid
The Frenchman earns 27.5 million dollars, amounting to 22 million in wages and another 5.5 million in endorsements.
9. Kevin De Bruyne- Manchester City
The Manchester City star earns a total of 20 million dollars. Of that, 25.5 million was from wages, and the other 3.5 million was from endorsements.
8. Raheem Sterling- Chelsea
The new Chelsea signing earns a total sum of 29.4 million dollars. This considerable sum includes 21.4 million in wages and 8 million dollars in endorsements.
7. Andres Iniesta- Vissel Kobe
The former Barcelona great plays for Vissel Kobe in the Japanese top-tier league. He enjoys 23 million dollars in wages and another 7 million in endorsements which adds to 30 million dollars in annual income.
6. Eden Hazard- Real Madrid
The Belgium star is restricted from consistent game time in Real Madrid. His performance since leaving Chelsea has dropped significantly due to his numerous injuries. However, the players still earn an impressive 31.1 million dollars. 28.6 million dollars in wages every season and another 2.5 million in endorsements places him in the sixth position.
5. Mohamed Salah- Liverpool
Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian winger, is one of the most feared wingers in world football. He is also one of the most important players for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. The players earn a total of 39.5 million dollars. He earns 24.5 million from wages and enjoys another 15 million in endorsements.
4. Neymar- PSG
Neymar, the Brazilian superstar, is one of the best players of the last decade. Unsurprisingly he earns a whopping 91 million dollars. Through his PSG contract, he makes a 56 million salary and 35 million in endorsements.
3. Lionel Messi- PSG
One of the game’s all-time greats, Lionel Messi, earns a massive sum of 112 million dollars. His salary from PSG is a whopping 62 million, while he makes another 48 million in endorsements.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo- Manchester United
Another of the game’s all-time greats Cristiano Ronaldo earns 113 million dollars annually. 53 million is due to his contract with Manchester United. Another 60 million comes from his various brand endorsements.
1. Kylian Mbappe- PSG
The French superstar is only 23 years old, yet he is one of the best in the game at the moment. The player has recently signed a new contract with PSG. He currently earns 125 million dollars. This includes his 105 million dollars in wages and 20 million in endorsements.
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