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2022 Highest paid footballers in the world

 


The highest-paid players in 2022, based on their annual salaries, have emerged.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is currently the highest football player in the world following the conclusion of the 2022 summer transfer window a few days ago.

According to Sportskeeda, Mbappe currently earns $125 million at PSG.

The France World Cup winner is ahead of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who sits in the second position with $113 million.

Below are the top ten highest-paid footballers in the world:

10. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – $27.5 million_ Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid on loan from Barcelona, and the France national team. 

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCopa del ReyEuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Real Sociedad2009–10Segunda División39610406
2010–11La Liga37720397
2011–12La Liga35731388
2012–13La Liga3410113511
2013–14La Liga3516738[a]15020
Total180461358120152
Atlético Madrid2014–15La Liga3722519[a]22[b]05325
2015–16La Liga38223313[a]75432
2016–17La Liga36165412[a]65326
2017–18La Liga32193214[c]84929
2018–19La Liga3715228[a]41[d]04821
Total180941812562730257133
Barcelona2019–20La Liga359339[a]21[b]14815
2020–21La Liga3613637[a]22[b]25120
2021–22La Liga3030
Total7422961643310235
Atlético Madrid (loan)2021–22La Liga263119[a]400368
2022–23La Liga52002[a]173
Total31511115004311
Career total4651674124913763603231


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9. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – $29 million_ Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world and of his generation. Pundits have often described him as a "complete footballer".

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup[a]League Cup[b]EuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Genk2008–09[201]Belgian First Division200020
2009–10[201]Belgian Pro League353202[c]01[d]0403
2010–11[201]Belgian Pro League325003[c]100356
2011–12[201]Belgian Pro League288106[e]01[d]0368
Total9716301112011317
Chelsea2012–13[201]Premier League0000000000
2013–14[201]Premier League3000303[e]090
Total300030300090
Werder Bremen(loan)2012–13[202]Bundesliga3310103410
VfL Wolfsburg2013–14[203]Bundesliga16320183
2014–15[204]Bundesliga34106111[c]55116
2015–16[205]Bundesliga20111[f]041
Total521392115107320
Manchester City2015–16[205]Premier League257115510[e]34116
2016–17[206]Premier League36650107[e]1497
2017–18[207]Premier League37831428[e]15212
2018–19[208]Premier League19242524[e]000326
2019–20[209]Premier League351321307[e]21[g]04816
2020–21[210]Premier League25631408[e]34010
2021–22[211]Premier League3015312110[e]2004419
2022–23[212]Premier League6100002[e]01[g]091
Total21358217241056122031687
Career total398973492710811850545134

8. Raheem’s Sterling (Chelsea) – $29.4 million_ Raheem Shaquille Sterling MBE is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team. Born in Jamaica to Jamaican parents, Sterling moved to London at the age of five.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Liverpool2011–12[177]Premier League30000030
2012–13[178]Premier League242101010[a]0362
2013–14[179]Premier League33930213810
2014–15[180]Premier League35751438[b]05211
Total9518917418012923
Manchester City2015–16[181]Premier League316214110[c]34711
2016–17[182]Premier League33751108[c]24710
2017–18[183]Premier League331821308[c]44623
2018–19[184]Premier League3417433010[c]5005125
2019–20[185]Premier League332041539[c]61[d]15231
2020–21[186]Premier League3110314211[c]14914
2021–22[187]Premier League3013312012[c]3004717
Total22591239226682411339131
Chelsea2022–23[188]Premier League6300002[c]184
Career total32611232102910882511476158


7. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) – $30 million_ Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and is the captain of J1 League club Vissel Kobe. Considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Iniesta has spent most of his career at Barcelona, where he served as the captain for three seasons.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCup[a]ContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Barcelona B2000–01Segunda División B100100
2001–02Segunda División B2525[b]0302
2002–03Segunda División B143143
Total49550545
Barcelona2002–03La Liga60003[c]090
2003–04La Liga111313[d]0172
2004–05La Liga372108[c]0462
2005–06La Liga3304011[c]11[e]0491
2006–07La Liga376618[c]25[f]0569
2007–08La Liga3137011[c]1494
2008–09La Liga2646011[c]1435
2009–10La Liga291309[c]01[g]0421
2010–11La Liga3485010[c]11[e]0509
2011–12La Liga272628[c]35[h]1468
2012–13La Liga3135210[c]12[e]0486
2013–14La Liga353609[c]02[e]0523
2014–15La Liga2407311[c]0423
2015–16La Liga281407[c]05[i]0441
2016–17La Liga230508[c]11[e]0371
2017–18La Liga301518[c]01[e]0442
Total4423573101351124167457
Vissel Kobe2018J1 League14310153
2019J1 League23621257
2020J1 League264106[j]21[k]0346
2021J1 League23641277
2022J1 League222201[j]1253
Total10821102731012626
Career total5996183121421430185488

6. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – $31.1 million_ Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Belgium national team. Known for his creativity, dribbling, passing and vision, Hazard is considered one of the best players of his generation. 

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Lille B2007–08[351]CFA111111
2008–09[352]CFA2020
Total131131
Lille2007–08[353]Ligue 140000040
2008–09[353]Ligue 13044210356
2009–10[354][353]Ligue 1375102112[a]45210
2010–11[354][353]Ligue 138753229[a]05412
2011–12[354][353]Ligue 1382031106[b]01[c]14922
Total14736136632741119450
Chelsea2012–13[355]Premier League349615213[d]14[e]06213
2013–14[356]Premier League351430109[b]21[f]14917
2014–15[357]Premier League381410627[b]35219
2015–16[358]Premier League31422108[b]01[g]0436
2016–17[359]Premier League361641304317
2017–18[360]Premier League341251418[b]3005117
2018–19[361]Premier League371620538[a]2005221
Total24585235258531161352110
Real Madrid2019–20[362]La Liga161006[b]000221
2020–21[363]La Liga143105[b]11[h]0214
2021–22[364]La Liga180213[b]000231
2022–23[365]La Liga30001[b]10041
Total5143115210707
Career total45612639123111951782629168

5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – $39.5 million_ Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward or on the right wing for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egypt national team.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cup[a]League cup[b]ContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Al Mokawloon Al Arab2009–10Egyptian Premier League302050
2010–11Egyptian Premier League20441245
2011–12Egyptian Premier League15700157
Total3811610000004412
Basel2012–13Swiss Super League2955316[c]25010
2013–14Swiss Super League1841110[d]52910
Total4796400267007920
Chelsea2013–14Premier League102100000112
2014–15Premier League3010202[d]080
Total13220202000192
Fiorentina(loan)2014–15Serie A166228[e]1269
Roma(loan)2015–16Serie A3414107[d]14215
Roma2016–17Serie A3115228[f]24119
Total6529321538334
Liverpool2017–18Premier League3632110015[d]115244
2018–19Premier League3822101012[d]55227
2019–20Premier League341920008[d]44[g]04823
2020–21Premier League3722231010[d]61[h]05131
2021–22Premier League3523201013[d]85131
2022–23Premier League6200002[d]11[h]194
Total1861208430603561263160
Career total3651772713501114661514237

4. Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) – $91 million_ Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.


Club

As of match played 14 September 2022[364][365]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup[a]State League[b]ContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Santos2009Série A3310311234814
2010Série A311781119142[c]06042
2011Série A211311413[d]62[e]14724
2012Série A1714162012[d]82[f]14743
2013Série A104118122313
Total1025415137553271442225136
Barcelona2013–14La Liga2693110[g]42[h]14115
2014–15La Liga33226712[g]105139
2015–16La Liga3424549[g]31[e]04931
2016–17La Liga3013639[g]4004520
Total123682015402131186105
Paris Saint-Germain2017–18Ligue 12019127[g]62[i]13028
2018–19Ligue 11715326[g]52[j]12823
2019–20Ligue 11513227[g]33[i]12719
2020–21Ligue 1189319[g]61[k]13117
2021–22Ligue 12213006[g]0002813
2022–23Ligue 178002[g]11[k]21011
Total997797372196154111
Career total3241994435755310457169563353


3. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) – $110 million_ Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup[a]Europe[b]OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Barcelona C2003–04[608]Tercera División105105
Barcelona B2003–04[44]Segunda División B5050
2004–05[45]Segunda División B176176
Total226226
Barcelona2004–05[45]La Liga71101091
2005–06[59]La Liga176216100258
2006–07[63]La Liga261422513[c]03617
2007–08[78]La Liga281030964016
2008–09[86]La Liga3123861295138
2009–10[99]La Liga3534311184[d]45347
2010–11[114]La Liga33317713122[e]35553
2011–12[119]La Liga37507311145[f]66073
2012–13[157]La Liga3246541182[e]25060
2013–14[164]La Liga312865782[e]04641
2014–15[609]La Liga38436513105758
2015–16[610]La Liga332655764[g]44941
2016–17[611]La Liga3437759112[e]15254
2017–18[612]La Liga3634641062[e]15445
2018–19[613]La Liga34365310121[e]05051
2019–20[614]La Liga332522831[e]14431
2020–21[615]La Liga353053651[e]04738
Total52047480561491202922778672
Paris Saint-Germain2021–22[616]Ligue 126610753411
2022–23[617]Ligue 17300211[h]1105
Total3391096114416
Career total58549481561581263023854699

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – $113 million_ Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and captains the Portugal national team.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cupLeague cupContinental[a]OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Sporting CP B[568][569]2002–03Segunda Divisão B2020
Sporting CP2002–03Primeira Liga253323[b]000315
Manchester United2003–04Premier League29452105000406
2004–05Premier League33574208000509
2005–06Premier League3392042814712
2006–07Premier League341773101135323
2007–08Premier League343133001181[c]04942
2008–09Premier League331821421242[d]15326
Total196842613124551631292118
Real Madrid2009–10La Liga292600673533
2010–11La Liga3440[e]871265453
2011–12La Liga38465310102[f]15560
2012–13La Liga34347712122[f]25555
2013–14La Liga30316311174751
2014–15La Liga35482112105[g]25461
2015–16La Liga36350012164851
2016–17La Liga29252113122[d]44642
2017–18La Liga27260013154[h]34444
Total29231130221011051512438450
Juventus2018–19Serie A312120961[i]14328
2019–20Serie A333142841[i]04637
2020–21Serie A332942641[i]14436
2021–22Serie A1000000010
Total9881104231432134101
Manchester United2021–22Premier League30181000763824
2022–23Premier League6000002[j]181
Total36181000974625
Career total64949770411241911422115943699

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – $125 million_ Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, and reportedly the highest-paid, Mbappé is renowned for his dribbling abilities, exceptional speed, and finishing.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCoupe de FranceCoupe de la LigueEuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Monaco II2015–16CFA102102
2016–17CFA2222
Total124124
Monaco2015–16Ligue 111110101[a]0141
2016–17Ligue 1291532339[b]64426
2017–18Ligue 1101[c]020
Total41164243106106027
Paris Saint-Germain(loan)2017–18Ligue 1271354408[b]44421
Paris Saint-Germain2018–19Ligue 1293342208[b]4004339
2019–20Ligue 12018343210[b]51[c]13730
2020–21Ligue 131275710[b]81[c]04742
2021–22Ligue 13528358[b]6004639
2022–23Ligue 167002[b]300810
Total148126202292463021225181
Career total2011462424135563631297212

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