The 6 most lucrative contracts in football history:

Mbappe's current contract are truly mindblowing, when you place them in the context of the most lucrative contracts in football history.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Many expected Mbappe to depart the Ligue 1 giants in the summer when his last contract expired, with Florentino Perez waiting in the wings to make him Real Madrid's latest Galactico signing, with one of the most lucrative contracts in football history.

But having waited until the eleventh hour, the World Cup-winning forward had great leverage when negotiating a new deal at the Parc des Princes – as the reported figures of his latest contract show.

The numbers in Mbappe's current contract are truly mindblowing – especially when you place them in the context of the most lucrative contracts in football history. Here are the top six:

Note: all figures come via French outlet La Parisien.

6. Paul Pogba (Man Utd) – €113m

Five years – 2016-2021

The Carrington academy graduate left United on a free in 2012. He then helped Juventus get back to the top and established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe in the process.

Having won four successive Scudetto and played in a Champions League final, it was always going to cost United a pretty penny to get him back. Not only was his reported £89million fee a world record, but the contract negotiated for the player by infamous superagent Mino Raiola was one of the most expensive ever seen.

Pogba earned over €100million over the course of the five-year deal he penned on his return in 2016. United activated a one-year extension in the deal and he ended up staying for a sixth year, departing on a free to Juventus for a second time in 2022.

The France international lifted the League Cup and Europa League trophies during his first year back, but since then endured five long and frustrating trophyless seasons. It's difficult to argue United got their money's worth, given they invested over £200million on the player all-in.

5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – €178m

Six years – 2016-2022

In October 2016, Gareth Bale signed a new contract at Real Madrid that made him the best-paid player in world football.

There was a logic to it at the time; the Welshman's moments of magic helped deliver two Champions League trophies. A further three – and three La Liga titles – followed that contract renewal, but Los Blancos ultimately saw diminishing returns in his latter years.

It was kind of sad to see Bale as a peripheral squad player by the end of his eight-year stay at the Bernabeu. But those exorbitant wages explain why he stayed until the end of his contract, eventually leaving on a free in 2022.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – €220m

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Four years – 2018-2022

In the summer of 2018, Juventus had won their seventh Serie A in a row. With Italy well and truly conquered, they set their sights on the next frontier – Europe.

The Old Lady had finished runners-up in the Champions League twice in the preceding years, and the mega-money signing of Ronaldo was thought to be the last piece of the puzzle to take them that next step.

They paid a club-record €117million to sign the Portuguese icon, who was the European Cup's all-time top scorer and had just lifted Ol' Big Ears for a fourth time in five years. They also handed him a massive four-year deal worth over €200million.

Ronaldo, inevitably, scored plenty of goals – but things didn't quite go to plan. They retained the Scudetto in 2018-19 and 2020-21, making it nine in a row, but they went backwards in Europe – being eliminated by Ajax, Lyon and Porto during his three years there.

By 2021, they'd also been knocked off their perch in Italy, crawling to an underwhelming fourth-place finish. Ronaldo left Turin with a year left on his deal, but has remained well-remunerated.

3. Neymar (PSG) – €267m

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Six years – 2017-2023

No wonder Neymar left Barcelona, with this kind of cash on the table. That's on top of the €222million release clause that PSG paid for the Brazilian.

A head-spinning number, all-in.

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €555m

Four years – 2017-2021

Such was Messi's status, popularity and on-field importance at Barcelona, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu can reasonably argue that he had little choice but to give in to the Argentinian's wage demands and make him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

But this was just part of the club's reckless financial mismanagement, which eventually resulted in the whole house of cards falling down, with Lionel Messi saying a tearful goodbye to the only club he'd ever represented in the summer of 2021. Barcelona literally couldn't afford to keep him, which tells you something about where they went wrong.

1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – €630m

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Three years – 2022-2025

Mbappe will earn more per year than Bale earned in the entirety of his six-year deal at Madrid. No wonder he stayed put.

This completes our list of 6 most lucrative contracts in football history, follow Sportz Point.

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