Cristiano Ronaldo’s big-money sway to Manchester United noticed him replacing Lionel Messi as the highest-paid footballer in the world, as per the freshest rankings published by Forbes. Ronaldo is estimated to reach $125 million before taxes in the term 2021-22, with $70 million arriving from salary and reward for his return to United.
Paris Saint-Germain; also recognized as PSG, now maintains three of the world’s five most high-priced players, including the 29 year old Neymar, who lands at No. 3 once again with $95 million, and the 22-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is at No. 4 with $43 million.
In sum, the 10 highest-paid soccer players are set to receive pretax incomes of about $585m (58.5cr) this period, up from the previous year’s total of almost $570m (57cr).
Having said that, let’s check out which star player caught the top place in the highest-paid footballers’ list for the 2021-2022 season.
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
The beating heart of Manchester is occupied rehashing history with the Red Devils both on and off the ground. The first active football player to cross the $1 billion mark in professional earnings, Ronaldo has tumbled Messi as a top-earning soccer player for the 2021-2022 season.
2) Lionel Messi
This Barcelona saga also broke numerous hearts by joining PSG as a free agent. Messi made more than $1 billion as a Barcelona member but his surprising move to PSG has not heightened his paychecks. Messi will be getting $75M through salary and an extra $35M from endorsements this season.
PSG has shown their commitment towards Neymar after Mbappe turned down an agreement extension with the Ligue 1 giants. With $75M as absolute salary and endorsements worth $20M, Neymar is simply following Ronaldo and Messi in the rich-list with collective earnings of $110M million for the season 2021-22.
4) Kylian Mbappe
Real Madrid-bound striker Kylian Mbappe is 4th in the richest directory with complete earnings of $43M. The 22-year-old forward is one of the three players of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to have starred in the first 5 this season. The cover athlete for this year’s FIFA 22, Mbappe will earn $28M through his salary. The FIFA World Cup champion is also set to get $15M from endorsements.
5) Mohamed Salah
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah declined Robert Lewandowski entry into the to-5 of the highest-paid football players list for the year 2021. Salah frequently features in the Premier League’s top goal scorers since his entry from AS Roma in 2017. After entering the 100-goal club for Liverpool earlier this season, Salah has further earned 5th place in Forbes’ highest-paid football players’ list with entire earnings of $41M. The 29-year-old is receiving $25M from payments and $16M through endorsements.