Top 12 highest-paid football players in the world, I bet you number 10th on the list is going to surprise you.

Without a doubt, football is the most popular sport in the world.

More than 3.5 billion fans are expected to see it. The only sport that even comes close, with 2.5 billion, is cricket.

Speaking of players, let’s discuss those that take home the sweetest pie. The world’s top paid football players as of 2023 are listed below.

You will surely be surprised by a few of these names, though.

1. ERLING HAALAND (MANCHESTER CITY) – £19.5 MILLION/YEAR

After signing a massive contract, Manchester City’s new addition has lived up to his great expectations.

Haaland’s father played for the Citizens in the early 2000s, which led to the creation of the now-famous image of a young Haaland Jr. wearing a City shirt. Despite his father’s departure in 2022, Haaland had already experienced life in Manchester.In his first 19 Premier League games,

Erling Haaland scored 25 goals, setting a record that will shock the world as the next big star in the sport.

2. KEVIN DE BRUYNE (MANCHESTER CITY) – £20.8 MILLION/YEAR

He earns a hefty salary because he is currently, possibly the best player in the world.

The summer of 2021 will see the Belgian midfielder’s contract renewed. He has committed to remaining a Manchester City supporter until 2025.

Though the precise cost is unknown, the Citizens will pay more than $24 million year for this luxury. On top of that, you can bet that they will also earn a few million dollars off the field.

3. TONI KROOS (REAL MADRID)– £20.9 MILLION / YEAR

One of the greatest midfielders of all time, Toni Kross is rumored to be planning a retirement when his contract ends at the end of the following season.

If this is the case, the German player may look back on an incredible career that saw him win the World Cup in 2014, bank millions of dollars, and almost as many Champions Leagues.

It’s simple to overlook Kroos’ incredibly prosperous time at Bayern Munich prior to moving on to Real Madrid.

4. KALIDOU KOULIBALY (AL HILAL) – £30M / YEAR

Yes, we have returned to Saudi Arabia. Senegalese center back Kalidou Koulibaly, who will receive a hefty £30 million annually for his services, transferred from Chelsea to Al Hilal in 2023.

Following a stellar eight years at Naples, Koulibaly never really got going at Stamford Bridge. (He is by no means the only Chelsea failure of late.)

Although Koulibaly is still in his early 30s and may have more to offer at the greatest level, you have to give him credit for receiving that salary prior to retiring.

5. OSCAR (SHANGHAI SIPG) – £30 MILLION / YEAR

Even though Oscar was not yet at the height of his fame, there were raised eyebrows when he relocated to China in 2016.

The Brazilian, though, is thought to have made more than three times as much money at Shanghai than he would have at the Blues.

Sure, he may have missed out on a more well-known career, but we figure his own island, which he most likely owns, will make up for it.

6. FRENKIE DE JONG (BARCELONA) – £32 MILLION / YEAR

Since moving from Ajax to Barcelona, Frenkie De Jong’s bank account has increased significantly, but he hasn’t exactly made the globe explode.

With an impressive £32 million annually, the Dutch midfielder is the highest paid player in La Liga. It makes sense why he has been reluctant to quit the club.

Since Eric Ten Haag joined the team, Manchester United has been connected to De Jong; however, the Red Devils will need to open their wallets because De Jong’s Barcelona contract expires in 2026.

7. LIONEL MESSI (INTER MIAMI) – £42 MILLION / YEAR

Since Lionel Messi is known as the best football player of all time, his pay is commensurate with his stature.

But when Messi moved to MLS and Inter Miami, his massive PSG contract came with a wage cut. In addition, he declined a sizable offer to move to the US from the Saudi league.

Messi has the potential to earn millions of dollars from endorsement deals in addition to becoming the MLS’s highest paid player. In addition, he gets to socialize with David Beckham. What is there to dislike?

8. N’GOLO KANTE (AL ITTIHAD) – £86 MILLION / YEAR

When N’Golo Kante, a French defensive midfielder, joined Leicester City in 2015, not many people were acquainted with him. That quickly changed, as Kante was a major contributor to the most incredible title victory in contemporary history.

After making a big financial transfer to Chelsea, Kante won the Champions League in 2021 in addition to another Premier League championship. In 2018, he and France won the World Cup as well. Not too shabby.

Kante, a 30-year-old football player, is another to earn large sums of money in Saudi Arabia after joining forces with fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad. The little guy with the big heart will undoubtedly win more awards in the future, and his bank account will grow by £86 million annually.

9. KYLIAN MBAPPE (PSG) – £100 MILLION/YEAR

Historically, PSG was the world’s biggest spender, but the Middle Eastern money has overwhelmed the French behemoths. PSG is still capable of spending a few bucks, though.

It’s interesting to note that the Parisians still need to win the UEFA Champions League. However, before he signed a contract with PSG, Kylian Mbappe held the title of best paid football player in the world.

Mbappe often expressed his desire to play for Real Madrid, but he decided against joining the Spanish powerhouse and instead committed to Paris in a contract that ostensibly gives him control over player recruitment and coaching choices.

Moving to Madrid, though, appears to be almost a given, either this summer or the following.

10. KARIM BENZEMA (AL-ITTIHAD) – £172 MILLION / YEAR

Karim Benzema had to play in Ronaldo’s shadow during their time at Real Madrid. Despite playing for separate teams in Saudi Arabia, the Portuguese legend still earns a slightly higher pay than Benzema.

On the field, Benzema may have greater success because he is a French striker who is three years younger than Ronaldo and plays for Al-Ittihad, the Saudi Arabian team that is currently crowned champion. In fact, most people agree that Al-Ittihad is the most successful team in Saudi Arabian history.

They should be favorites to win the title again the following season because to the acquisition of the outstanding Benzema. Since Al-Ittihad pays Benzema $222 million annually, the team will be expecting outcomes.

11. CRISTIANO RONALDO (AL NASSR) – £173 MILLION/YEAR

Ronaldo became the first person to score in five World Cups more than 20 years into his professional career. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that he is in the upper echelon of football players worldwide in terms of salary.

In the summer of 2021, he inked a two-year contract with his former team, Manchester United, to become the highest-paid player in English Premier League history. That, however, is a well-known ending.

After “winning everything in Europe,” he just moved to Al Nassr, where he now earns an incredible $200 million annually, making the five-time Ballon d’Or winner the highest-paid football player in the world.

12. NEYMAR JR (AL HILAL) – £240 MILLION/YEAR

After an incredible move from PSG to Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, Neymar Jr. became the best paid football player in the world, at least for a short while.

His commercial revenue will increase his yearly earnings to far over £300 million, but his £240 million pay does not account for it.

Neymar’s Saudi employers will also provide him with a plethora of perks, including as a private plane, a house with a pool, and a fleet of supercars. We also anticipate that they will take a more laid-back approach to the Brazilian’s well-known party lifestyle.

Even though Neymar’s career on the field may have ended in underachievement, he makes history when it comes to pay. The highest paid football player overall, not just the top paid player in the world.

 

 

 

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