Forbes Highest Paid Footballer 2022 Declared and it's not Messi or Ronaldo

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Kylian Mbappé

With annual earnings of $128 million, Kylian Mbappé has beaten teammate Lionel Messi and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo to become the highest-earning footballer

Lionel Messi

Football maestro Lionel Messi is second on the list with earnings of $120 million. He has also rumored to be considering a return to FC Barcelona, where he spent the first 17 years of his senior career

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo comes in third with €100 million in earnings. Ronaldo is the world’s highest-earning soccer player off the pitch thanks to partners like Nike, Herbalife, and Livescore

Neymar Jr.

Neymar made history in 2017 with a record $263 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. He is at 4th spot with an annual income of $87 million

Mohamed Salah

After a stellar campaign that nearly delivered Liverpool the Premier League title, Salah was named England’s Men’s Footballer of the Year. Now, Mohamed Salah is at 5th spot with an annual income of $53 million

Erling Haaland

Forbes estimates Haaland earns $4 million in endorsements annually from sponsors like Hyperice, Samsung and Viaplay. Therefore, Erling Haaland is in the 6th position with an annual income of $39 million

Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski has been quick to justify the roughly $45 million transfer fee FC Barcelona paid in 2022 to acquire him from Bayern Munich. With $35 million as his annual income, Robert Lewandowski is at 7th spot

Eden Hazard

Despite Eden Hazard’s disappointing tenure with Real Madrid in La Liga and Champions League matches, he is in the 8th spot with an annual income of $31 million

Andrés Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta launched his own sportswear brand in September named Capitten. Iniesta who will be seen in an upcoming documentary about the FIFA World Cup is at 9th spot with an annual income of $30 million