Cristiano Ronaldo has now claimed the top spot from Kylian Mbappe to become the highest-paid football player in history after joining Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr on a free transfer.
Mbappe, who holds the record of the highest-paid football player in 2022 was dethroned by his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was just a day ago that he was the highest-paid footballer, but now there is a new footballer in his place.
Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr announced the signing on Friday, as per ESPN. The 37-year-old will receive $214 million per year, making him the highest-paid footballer in history.
Full List of Top 10 highest-paid football players in the world in 2023
10- Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the most decorated footballers of the modern period. While playing for Manchester City, he won the FA Cup once, the League Cup five times, and the Premier League four times. Bruyne has been playing for Manchester City since 2015, and his current earnings are $29 million.
9- Andres Iniesta
One of the best football players of his generation is Andrés Iniesta. Iniesta has had a well-known career and has excelled both at the club and international levels. Earnings for Iniesta total $30 million.
8- Eden Hazard
Footballer Eden Hazard is among the most awarded athletes in the world. He won numerous trophies throughout his career, which began in France while he was playing for Lille, went to Chelsea, and is currently playing for Real Madrid.
He was one of the best Premier League players during his time with the Blues before he was transferred to La Liga.
The transfer to Los Blancos increases Hazard’s salary to $31 million, placing him among the top 10 footballers in terms of wealth in 2022.
7- Robert Lewandowski
Currently playing for FC Barcelona, Robert Lewandowski is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in recent remembrance. Throughout his career, he has received various honours and significance.
With a net worth of $35 million, this 35-year-old football player will rank seventh among all footballers in terms of wealth in 2022.
6- Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is one of the most promising players of this generation. He won the Golden Boot at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, was named the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season, and more at the age of 22. Earnings for Haaland are $41 million or 412 crore BDT ($1 = 105.82 BDT).
Football is his main source of income, bringing in $35 million, with endorsements providing the rest.
5- Mohamed Salah
One of the well-known players in the English Premier League is Salah. Even though he may not have made any remarkable contributions to Egypt’s national team, he has made some noteworthy contributions to club football. Salah’s current earnings are $53 million.
4- Neymar Jr
Neymar Jr. who currently plays for the Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, has a net income of $87 Million.
3- Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has received numerous honours and awards throughout his career, including seven Ballon d’Or awards and most recently, the World Cup.
He is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. Messi has won every single major football award available to athletes.
He is currently the third-richest footballer in the world, according to Forbes, with an annual income of $120 million. He currently represents Paris Saint-Germain and, despite being 35 years old, still moves quite quickly.
2- Kylian Mbappe
French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé is a forward who currently competes for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and the French national team. He is recognised as one of the top young players in the world and has won various awards and accomplishments throughout his professional career, so far.
Mbappe currently makes nearly $128 million annually. He makes the most of his money from football, while he also receives money from endorsements and other sources.
1- Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, the club said on Friday. Ronaldo left Manchester United to pursue other opportunities with the club and his mutual understanding.
After giving a controversial television interview with Piers Morgan, in which he claimed to feel betrayed by the team and that he did not respect their Dutch manager Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo left Old Trafford last month.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will sign an agreement with Al Nassr through 2025. According to media estimates, Ronaldo’s contract is worth more than 200 million euros ($214.04 million), which would make it the highest wage in football history.
According to ESPN, the signing was revealed by the team on Friday. He will earn $75 million annually, making the 37-year-old the highest-paid football player in history.