Football is the most popular sport in the world, and as such, it is a high-grossing sport in which players and coaches are paid handsomely based on their celebrity and ability.
There are also large endorsement deals with mega-brands that want to cooperate with the athletes while also promoting their own image. As a result, these superstars receive massive quantities of money on a regular basis.
With that in mind, we decided to present information about the world’s highest-paid footballers in 2022.
- Lionel Messi
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is unsurprisingly the highest-paid player in sport, having shocked the world last summer when he abruptly left Barcelona owing to a slew of financial issues, including the club’s catastrophic financial state and wage constraints imposed by La Liga.
The 34-year-old completed a sensational move to PSG, where he is now the world’s highest-paid footballer. And while Messi is reputedly paid £960,000 per week, becoming the world’s first £1 million-per-week player will require a massive investment.
- Neymar Jr.
After signing a contract extension in 2021, Messi’s teammate and dear friend comes in second with a massive £606,000 per week income.
Neymar is undoubtedly the most marketable football player in the world, and with three years left on his present contract, the 29-year-old could be in line for another massive pay increase soon.
- Gareth Bale
Since signing a record-breaking deal with Real Madrid in 2013, the Welshman has become the most decorated British football player ever, and his hefty earnings reflect that distinction.
Bale signed a new contract in 2016 that increased his weekly income to £528,000, and his current term is slated to expire in the summer.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
After returning to Manchester United last summer, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the highest-paid player in the Premier League, earning a mouth-watering £480 000 per week.
Ronaldo is possibly the most marketable over-30-year-old player in the world, and he might stay in the top 5 list until he hangs up his boots.
- Kylian Mbappe
The 23-year-old is football’s next big thing, and his pay reflects a young man who isn’t sure what to do with such a large sum of money.
Mbappe earns almost £410,000 per week at Paris Saint-Germain, and his wages are poised to climb regardless of whether he signs a new contract or joins Real Madrid on a free transfer in the summer.
As a result, the World Cup winner will almost certainly advance through the ranks of the top five highest-paid players, and he could be the first to surpass the £1 million threshold in the coming years.