Ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the highest-paid players who will be playing at the World Cup.
The 2022 World Cup which starts tomorrow, November 20, 2022, will feature top football stars battling for the most ultimate football trophy.
In this article, we showcase how much each of the stars earn on and off the field for their clubs.
See list below;
1. Kylian Mbappé – $128m
The France International leads as the highest paid player at the World Cup. Kylian Mbappé plays as a forward for Ligue 1 side, Paris Saint Germain.
He was awarded the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player in 2018 after leading France to victory.
The 23-year-old who is known for his blistering pace and excellent finishing earns a combined salary of $128 million at PSG following his contract extension.
COUNTRY: France | AGE: 23 | ON-FIELD SALARY: $110 mil | OFF-FIELD SALARY: $18 mil
2. Lionel Messi – $120m
The Argentine football legend is the second highest paid player at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Messi earns a combined salary of $120 million.
He is regarded as the greatest player of all time, having won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards.
Lionel Messi is the second Paris Saint Germain player on the list. His shock move to the Ligue 1 side saw him become the second highest paid player in the World.
COUNTRY: Argentina | AGE: 35 | ON-FIELD SALARY: $65 mil | OFF-FIELD SALARY: $55 mil
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $100m
Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo follows suit as the third highest-paid player at the 2022 World Cup.
Following his return to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo earns a combined salary of $100 million.
Known for his deadly finishing and skillful feet, Ronaldo aims to win the World Cup with Portugal and then announce his retirement.
Ronaldo is arguably regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and has won five Ballon d’Or awards
COUNTRY: Portugal | AGE: 37 | ON-FIELD SALARY: $40 mil | OFF-FIELD SALARY: $60 mil
4. Neymar Jr. – $87m
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior appears on the list as the fourth highest-paid footballer to play at the 2022 World Cup.
The prolific goalscorer and renowned playmaker is the third Paris Saint Germain player on the list. He earns a combined salary of $87 million.
Neymar won the FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball in 2011 following his wonderful display of skills, dribbles and finishing at the tournament.
He is currently aiming to win the 2022 World Cup with Brazil.
COUNTRY: Brazil | AGE: 30 | ON-FIELD SALARY: $55 mil | OFF-FIELD SALARY: $32 mil
5. Robert Lewandowski – $35m
Polish attacker, Robert Lewandowski is ranked fifth among the highest-paid players at the 2022 World Cup.
The prolific attacker following his transfer to Barcelona earns a combined salary of $35 million.
With his positioning, technique and finishing, Lewandowski is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of all time. He hopes to clinch on the ultimate trophy with the Poland National Team.
COUNTRY: Poland | AGE: 34 | ON-FIELD SALARY: $27 mil | OFF-FIELD SALARY: $8 mil
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