Considering the huge revenue generated in football, here is a full list of the highest paid footballers in the world for the year 2023.
With new contracts signed and with players making a move from one club to another, the list of the highest paid footballers in the world has consistently changed over time, and the year 2022/2023 is no different either.
The list would take into consideration the wages of the player and how much they also generate from deals and other enterprises these stars own.
Who Are The Highest Paid Players In 2023?
10. Kevin De Bruyne
How Much Does Kevin De Bruyne Earn Per Year?
Belgium and Manchester City’s star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne earns 29 million dollars a year as a football star. KDB, who recently negotiated a new contract with Manchester City, 25 million dollars as a player on the pitch and an extra 4 million dollars off the field from endorsement deals.
Kevin De Bruyne has endorsement deals with 11 different brands, some of which include: Nike, Wow Hydrate, Credit Karma and Therabody.
9. Andrés Iniesta
How Much Does Andrés Iniesta Earn As A Player?
The 38-year-old Spaniard Andrés Iniesta, who plays for VISSEL KOBE, earns 30 million dollars per year both on and off the pitch as a football star. The former Barcelona captain and world cup winner earns 25 million dollars on the pitch playing for Vissel Kobe and 5 million dollars from endorsements and also from his sportswear collection, which was recently launched for Japan alone; Capitten.
8. Eden Hazard
How Much Does Eden Hazard Earn As A Player?
7. Robert Lewandowski
How Much Does Robert Lewandowski Earn As A Player?
Polish captain and Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski earns a sum of 35 million dollars per year following his unexpected move to the La Liga giants in the 2022/2023 season. Robert Lewandowski earns 27 million dollars following his new contract agreement, and the 34 year old earns 8 million dollars off the pitch from brand deals as well.
6. Erling Haaland
How Much Does Erling Haaland Earn As A Player?
Following an unexpected move to the premier league side, Manchester City, from Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland holds the number 6 position on this list. The 22 year old Norwegian who is the highest goalscorer in the league for the 2022/2023 season, earns a sum of 39 million dollars per year. Haaland earns 450,000 dollars per week in Manchester City in wages and an overall salary of 35 million dollars per year. The forward also makes a sum of 4 million dollars in endorsements as well.
5. Mohamed Salah
How Much Does Mohamed Salah Earn As A Player?
With 53 million dollars per year in earnings, Mohamed Salah joins the list of the highest paid footballers in the world. The Liverpool forward, who recently renewed his contract at the club, earns 35 million dollars on the pitch and 18 million dollars from endorsement deals as well. Mohamed Salah’s 2022/2023 season in the premier league has not been at the best and peak he is known for, but one thing is certain his income and earnings are not affected.
4. Neymar Jr.
How Much Does Neymar Jr. Earn As A Player?
The joint highest goalscorer of all time for Brazil, Neymar Jr., with over 87 million dollars in earnings, holds the number 4 position on the list. The PSG star earns 55 million dollars in wages per year on the pitch as a star, and with over 30 endorsement deals, the Brazilian earns 32 million dollars off the pitch as well.
His wages increased following his contract renegotiations with PSG in May 2021.
3. Lionel Messi
How Much Does Lionel Messi Earn As A Player?
World cup 2022 winner with Argentina and PSG star Lionel Messi with over 120 million dollars per year, holds the number three spot on the highest paid footballers list following his move to PSG in the 2021/2022 season. The Argentine star earns 65 million dollars on the pitch and earns 55 million dollars off it as well; taking into consideration his popularity, a single picture of him and Cristiano Ronaldo released in 2022 by Louis Vuttion had shocked the football world, and many could not help but speculate how much it would have cost LV to make it happen.
2. Kylian Mbappé
How Much Does Kylian Mbappe Earn As A Player?
French international and PSG talent Kylian Mbappé with 128 million dollars per year following his new contract negotiations with PSG, is the second highest paid footballer in the world today. The French international, with an earning of 110 million dollars on the pitch and 18 million dollars off it, threw the football world into a frenzy when he agreed to a contract extension with PSG in 2022, even when a move to Real Madrid had been eminent.
The power of Kylian Mbappé at the side was one many witnessed during the first transfer window of the 222/2023 season as the French President Macron had been forced to step in to finalize contract negotiations.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
How Much Does Cristiano Ronaldo Earn As A Player?
A move that surpassed the expectations of many in terms of the finances invested by Al Nassr to facilitate the movement of the Portuguese international to the Saudi Arabian side; captain of Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, was propelled into the number one spot among the richest footballers in the world list. A deal worth 208 million dollars became the highest and the biggest in football history.
Ronaldo reportedly earns over 70 million dollars on the pitch and a huge sum of over 130 million dollars off the pitch as well.