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See The Highest-paid Footballers In he World (September 2023)

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

Neymar Jr’s sensational move to Al Hilal from PSG has solidified his position as the highest-earning footballer globally, outpacing his fellow players by a substantial margin.

With an annual salary of £240 million, this figure doesn’t even encompass his commercial income, which is anticipated to elevate his yearly earnings to well over £300 million.

Apart from his immense salary, Neymar benefits from various privileges provided by his Saudi Arabian employers, including a collection of luxury cars, a private jet, a mansion featuring a personal swimming pool, and a seemingly lenient approach to his renowned partying lifestyle.

Despite potential on-field performance fluctuations, Neymar stands as not only the world’s highest-paid footballer but also the highest-paid footballer in the history of the sport.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo, a legendary figure with more than two decades of professional football expertise, has accumulated numerous accolades, such as being the inaugural player to score in five World Cups.

In 2021, his return to Manchester United made him the highest-earning player in Premier League history. Nevertheless, his recent transfer to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, motivated by his ambition to explore fresh challenges after numerous European triumphs, has catapulted his annual earnings to an astonishing £173 million.

Although Ronaldo’s club switch has prompted discussions, the financial benefits are indisputable.

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

While at Real Madrid alongside Ronaldo, Karim Benzema often played a supporting role. Now, in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo still earns more than the French striker, albeit by a narrow margin. Benzema, who is three years younger than Ronaldo, is currently a member of Al-Ittihad, the reigning champions in Saudi Arabia.

With an annual salary of $222 million, the club anticipates an equally exceptional performance from the talented Benzema. His presence has the potential to tilt the balance in favor of Al-Ittihad’s chances of retaining their title in the upcoming season.

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

Although PSG might not hold the top spot for global spending, they continue to be a major player in terms of player salaries.

Kylian Mbappe, who was once the world’s highest-paid footballer when he joined PSG, has chosen to remain with the Parisian team despite his longing to play for Real Madrid.

His contract is said to provide him with a degree of influence over coaching decisions and player acquisitions. Nevertheless, a transfer to Madrid appears inevitable, whether it materializes this summer or the following.

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

N’Golo Kante’s journey to stardom commenced when he joined Leicester City in 2015, where he played a crucial part in their remarkable Premier League championship victory.

Subsequently, he transferred to Chelsea, where he secured another Premier League title, as well as the 2021 Champions League triumph, in addition to his 2018 World Cup win with France.

At present, in his 30s, Kante has become a part of Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, alongside his compatriot Benzema. Anticipate more silverware for the diminutive midfielder, who enjoys a substantial annual income of £86 million.

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

Manchester City’s significant acquisition has met the lofty expectations set for him after sealing a substantial contract.

Lionel Messi, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest footballers of all time, made the decision to reduce his substantial PSG contract when he made the move to MLS and joined Inter Miami. He also declined a lucrative offer from the Saudi league to pursue a career in the United States.

Messi now holds the distinction of being the highest-earning player in MLS, with the potential to amass millions through endorsement deals. Additionally, the opportunity to spend time with David Beckham adds an extra layer of appeal to his move.

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

While Frenkie De Jong’s performance at Barcelona since departing Ajax may not have been exceptional, his bank balance has certainly seen significant growth.

The Dutch midfielder holds the distinction of being the top earner in La Liga, commanding an impressive annual income of £32 million.

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

Many were surprised when Oscar made the move to China in 2016, considering that his career was still on the ascent.

Nevertheless, it has been calculated that the Brazilian earned over three times his salary at Shanghai compared to what he would have earned at Chelsea.

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

Indeed, we find ourselves back in Saudi Arabia. Senegalese center-back Kalidou Koulibaly made the switch from Chelsea to Al Hilal in 2023 and is set to receive a substantial £30 million annually for his contributions.

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

Toni Kroos, considered one of the exceptional midfielders of his era, is surrounded by speculation suggesting that he may retire once his contract concludes at the conclusion of the upcoming season.

If this holds true, the German can look back on an illustrious career that not only brought him substantial wealth but also numerous Champions League triumphs and the 2014 World Cup.

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

Arguably the finest player in the world at present, the Belgian midfielder’s exceptional talent is evident in his substantial salary.

He committed to Manchester City with a renewed contract in the summer of 2021, pledging loyalty until 2025.

This commitment will come at a cost exceeding $24 million annually for the Citizens, although the precise amount remains undisclosed, and you can expect additional millions in off-field earnings.

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