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Mbappe overtakes Messi & Ronaldo as Forbes' highest-earning footballer

00:37 EAT 08/10/2022
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Kylian Mbappe beat both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the number one spot of Forbes top-earning football players of 2022.

After signing a lucrative contract that keeps him in Paris till 2025, it was little surprise to see Mbappe knock Messi off the top.

However, there were a few shocks when the rankings were revealed. Several Premier League players made the list, and there was a debut appearance from a certain, all-conquering Norwegian striker.

GOAL takes a look at the complete top 10 below.

  • Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2022-23

    Kevin De Bruyne - $29m (£26.5m)

    De Bruyne has cemented himself as one of the best midfielders to play in the Premier League and that comes with a significant price tag.

    His two incredibly gifted feet ensure he earned $25m (£22.5m) in on the pitch revenue last year, while 11 brand deals, including one with Nike, meant he received $4m (£4m) from other endorsements.

  • Andres Iniesta 2022

    Andres Iniesta - $30m (£27m)

    Since leaving Barcelona, Iniesta has plied his trade in Japan. His latest business ventures, such as the launch of his own signature boot aimed at the Japanese market, meant he made $5m (£4.5m) off the pitch last year.

    The Spanish magician is still playing regularly and earned $25m (£22.5) on the pitch in the last 12 months.

  • Hazard Real Madrid 2022

    Eden Hazard - $31m (£28m)

    Despite limited game time since his move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, Hazard still finds himself in the top 10 for earners in world football.

    The Belgium international pocketed $27m (£24m) from on the pitch deals, and $4m (£4m) from off the pitch ventures.

  • Robert Lewandowski Barcelona 2022

    Robert Lewandowski - $35m (£31m)

    Lewandowski made one of the highest profile moves of the summer when he ditched Munich for Catalonia. The Polish striker earned himself a hefty $8m (£7m) from off the pitch endorsements with Nike and his own clothing brand 'RL9.'

    He is certainly paid his worth for the goals he scores, collecting $27m (£24m) for his efforts on the pitch last year.

  • Erling Haaland

    Erling Haaland - $39m (£35m)

    A debutant in this list, Haaland will almost certainly be higher up next year. Deals with companies such as Samsung meant the Norwegian earnt around $4m (£4m) for off the pitch deals. Reports suggest his next boot deal alone could be worth in the region of $18m (£16m).

    Haaland on the pitch earnings stood at a healthy $35m (£31m) as he made the switch to the Premier League this summer.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2022

    Mohamed Salah - $53m (£47m)

    Salah eventually put pen to paper on a new Liverpool deal over the summer, keeping him at the club until 2025. The Egyptian earned $35m (£31m) for his on the pitch efforts as a result.

    Off the pitch he remains an icon, and being one of Adidas' most influential global stars, he pocketed a cool $18m (£16m) for his sponsorship deals.

  • Neymar PSG 2022-23

    Neymar Jr - $87m (£78m)

    Neymar's switch from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 remains the most expensive transfer in football history, and after renewing his deal in Paris he retains a place in the top five earners in the world.

    The Brazilian made $55m (£50m) from his on the pitch antics, while earning $32m (£28m) through deals with companies such as Puma and Ooredoo Group.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2022-23

    Cristiano Ronaldo - $100m (£90m)

    Ronaldo is the highest earning player off the pitch on the planet. Deals with companies such as Nike, Herbalife and Livescore ensure he made $60m (£54m) and despite seeing his playing time limited in the last year, he still earned $40m (£36m) from on the pitch deals.
    Perhaps Ronaldo's most impressive numbers come from Instagram, where he has 486 million followers.

  • Messi Benfica arms 2022-23

    Lionel Messi - $120m (£108m)

    Last year's number one is knocked off top spot by his clubmate, but Messi still earned an eye-watering amount of money in the past 12 months.

    The Argentinian reportedly made almost half of his sum from off the pitch endorsements ($55m/£49.5m), meaning he collected $65m (£58.5m) from his endeavours on the pitch.

  • Kylian Mbappe PSG 2022-23

    Kylian Mbappe - $128m (£115m)

    Mbappe signed a lucrative contract earlier this year to keep him at PSG until 2025, but the Frenchman was already earning staggering amounts. Over the past 12 months the forward was paid an almost unbelievable sum of $110m (£99m) for his on the pitch performances.

    In deals with EA and Nike he also brought home an unbelievable $18m (£16m) from off the pitch sponsorships.