Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi reached historic figures in the year of the last World Cup by becoming the first players to earn more than 100 million dollars (approximately R$ 541 million) in just one season. At the time, the stars had already turned 31 and 33, respectively.
Now, however, the highest-paid player position was occupied by a younger athlete: the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, just 23 years old, who currently earns R$ 692 million a year – adding salaries and advertising contracts, according to with information from the magazine forbes
Among the top 10 players who earn the most money per year, seven of them are playing in world Cup
defending the shirt of their selections.
Among the top three are two stars who have won 12 Ballon d’Ors. On the podium, the only Brazilian appears in fourth place, a position occupied by Neymar Jr. 🇧🇷
Check out the ranking of the highest paid players below:
- Kylian Mbappé (PSG and France)
- Total annual salary – $128 million ($18 million in advertising): R$692 million (R$97 million)
- Total annual salary – $120 million ($55 million advertising): $649 million ($297 million advertising)
- Total annual salary – $100 million ($60 million advertising): $541 million ($324 million advertising)
- Total annual salary – $87 million ($32 million in advertising): R$470 million (R$173 million)
- Total annual salary – $35 million ($8 million advertising): $189 million ($43 million advertising)
- Total annual salary – $31 million ($4 million advertising): $167 million ($21 million advertising)
- Total annual salary – $29 million ($4 million in commercial deals): $156 million ($21 million in advertising)
Among those not on the list are the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (30 years old), who earns around R$ 286 million a year; Norwegian Erling Haaland (22 years old), who earns BRL 211 million a year; and Spanish veteran Andres Iniesta (38 years old), who earns around R$162 million.
The selections of the first two names failed to qualify for the World Cup. Already Iniesta, who plays for Vissel Kobe, Japan, and is out of his prime.