Highest paid footballers in 2023 .

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Football is a sport whose participants that play in the professional leagues are paid hefty wages and can get sponsorship and endorsement deals.

Some clubs are known to sustain these wages and can keep these stars in their team eg: Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, and Manchester City, among others.

Here is a list of the top 10 highest-paid players in 2023:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

He recently completed a move to Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr after falling out with Manchester United coach Erik Ten Hag. The Portuguese international will be pocketing £175m/$200m annually and an Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): of $60m/£52.3m. He is a brand ambassador for livescore.com and Binance.

“He earns 23k per hour. I earn 23.”


2. Kylian Mbappe

The Frenchman, aged 24 years, had a splendid world cup run where he won the golden boot and enabled the France team to reach its consecutive world cup final. France lost to Argentina on penalties. Mbappe signed a new deal with Paris Saint Germain this season that enabled him to pocket an estimated Annual Income: of $110m/£96m.Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $18m/£15.6

3. Lionel Messi

He captained the Argentina team that lifted the 2022  world cup in Qatar. The 7 times ballon dor winner’s  Estimated Annual Income: is $65m/£56.7m, and the Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings) is $55m/£48m.

4. Neymar

The Brazilian international is paid

  • Estimated Annual Income: $55m/£48m
  • Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $32m/£27.9m

Neymar scores again for his eighth goal in Ligue 1 against Brest
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Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool during the 2021-22 Premier League season
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The regaining English premier league golden boot winner alongside Hueng-min’s son and the Egyptian International is the highest paid in the English Premier League. His Estimated Annual Income: is $35m/£30.5m, and his Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): is $18m/£15.7m
6. Erling Haaland
Manchester city’s Summer signing has arguably been the best player in the first half of the season after netting over 20 goals.

Erling Haaland of Man City

The Norway International earns an Estimated Annual Income: $35m/£30.5m and estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m

7. Robert Lewandowski

The Poland international joined Barcelona this summer.

Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona
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He pockets an Estimated Annual Income: $27m/£23.5m and Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $8m/£7m
8. Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international had a wonderful session at Chelsea and was part of the team that clinched the Europa League, FA and premier league. His move to Real Madrid was unsuccessful after he suffered a series of injuries.
Eden HazardDespite not playing many games, he still earns an Estimated Annual Income: of $27m/£23 and an Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): of $4m/£3.5m.

9. Andreas Iniesta

The former Barcelona legend moved to Japan’s vissel Kobe.

Andres Iniesta SpainHe earns an Estimated Annual Income: $25m/£21.8m and Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $5m/£4.4m

10. Kevin De Bruyne.

Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City

The two times PFA’s best player and Manchester City mid-fielder earns an  Estimated Annual Income: of $25m/£21 and an Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): of $4m/£3.5m

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