Top highest paid footballers in the world 2022/2023

2022/2023 highest-paid footballers or soccer players in the world right now, Players with best salary in world Soccer, highest-paid footballer weekly 2024

Footballers at the highest level are some of the highest-paid athletes in the world. They are paid a fortune in weekly wages and that is just one source of income as footballers also rake in a lot of money through sponsorship and endorsement deals.

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5 highest paid footballers in the world 2022/2023

Some of the biggest names in the world of football are also some of the highest earners in the game. The most popular and successful clubs in the world have a wealth of resources, much of which are used to pay the wages of their players.

Every time a top player signs for a new club or puts pen to paper on a new deal, it is safe to assume these days that they are landing a bumper deal worth millions annually. Without further ado, let's take a look at five of the highest paid footballers in the world.


  • Full Name: Kevin De Bruyne
  • Country: Belgium
  • Club: Manchester City
  • Estimated Annual Income: $25m/£21.8m
  • Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m


  • Full Name: Andres Iniesta Lujan
  • Country: Spain
  • Club: Vissel Kobe
  • Estimated Annual Income: $25m/£21.8m
  • Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $5m/£4.4m


  • Full Name: Eden Michael Hazard
  • Country: Belgium
  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Estimated Annual Income: $27m/£23.5m
  • Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m


  • Full Name: Robert Lewandowski
  • Country: Poland
  • Club: Barcelona
  • Estimated Annual Income: $27m/£23.5m
  • Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $8m/£7m


  • Full Name: Erling Braut Haaland
  • Country: Norway
  • Club: Manchester City
  • Estimated Annual Income: $35m/£30.5m
  • Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m

#5 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - £400,000 per week

Mohamed Salah's future was the subject of much speculation up until he put pen to paper on a new three-year contract with Liverpool earlier this summer. Liverpool had to break their wage structure to keep hold of Salah, who has already become a Premier League legend after just five seasons with the club.

He was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season. The Egypt international was in sensational form last term, scoring 31 goals and providing 16 assists in 51 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool.

His contributions were crucial to Liverpool winning the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. Salah also played a pivotal role in the Merseysiders' run to the final of the Champions League, which they eventually lost to Real Madrid.

#4 Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) - £606,000 per week

Paris Saint-Germain made Neymar Jr. the most expensive player in the world when they shelled out £199.8 million to sign him from Barcelona in 2017. Neymar obviously earned a fortune in wages but he still got a raise when he signed a new contract in May 2021 which ties him to the club until 2025.

As per the terms of the new contract, the Brazilian forward takes home £606,000 per week as wages. Neymar has been phenomenal for PSG since joining the club in 2017. Although his niggling injury issues have become a source of frustration in recent times, he has done an incredible job for them whenever he's been available.

In 144 appearances across all competitions for PSG so far, Neymar has scored 100 goals and provided 60 assists.

#3 Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) - £960,000 per week

Having an ensemble cast of superstars doesn't come for cheap and PSG are a very good example of it. Lionel Messi left his boyhood club Barcelona in the summer of 2021 and signed for PSG as a free agent. Being arguably the best player in the world at the time, Messi was spoilt for choices when it came to picking his new club.

That's where PSG stepped in with a bumper contract and offered him close to a million in weekly wages. The offer was too good to be refused and Messi signed a two-year deal with the French giants.

He did not hit the ground running at PSG and was nowhere near his goalscoring best in his debut season in France. However, Messi still managed to score 11 goals and provide 15 assists in 34 appearances across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions in the 2021-22 season.

#2 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) - £1 million per week

Kylian Mbappe looked almost certain to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. He had entered the final few months of his contract with the club and was heavily linked with Real Madrid. However, Mbappe pulled a u-turn and signed a new three-year bumper deal with PSG, much to the dismay of Los Blancos.

The Frenchman is arguably the best forward in the game right now and he put up incredible numbers in the 2021-22 season. He led the goalscoring and assists charts in Ligue 1 last term. In 46 appearances across all competitions for PSG this past season, Mbappe scored 39 goals and provided 26 assists.

He earns a whopping £1 milliion per week in wages as per the terms of his new contract.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - : €3,846,154 ($4,116,885) per week

Ronaldo began the 2022-23 club season as the highest-paid player in the Premier League, taking home approximately $600,000 per week. Now, he’s somehow managed to do it even bigger, with Al-Nassr sparing absolutely no expense to bring on CR7 as not just its face on the pitch, but in a reported ambassadorial role that will see him sticking around for years to come even after he retires in hopes of, we are told, bringing the centennial World Cup in 2030 to the Kingdom.

NOTE: Financial figures include on-field earnings and club-related marketing deals. Multiple reports suggest Ronaldo’s annual on-field salary is $75 million per year.

Years: 2.5
Total value: ~€500,000,000 ($535,195,000)
Salary per year: ~€200,000,000 ($214,078,000)
Wages per week: €3,846,154 ($4,116,885)
Free agency: 2025
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