Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers in 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo, who topped the highest-paid footballers list in 2021 is on the top in the year 2023 as well while Messi and Neymar are right behind him.

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Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers in 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar are the top three highest-paid footballers in 2023

Football is not just a sport but an emotion, a passion, and for some, a religion. The game has evolved but the love and the passion for the sport is still the same. However, another evolution is evident, the exponential growth in player valuations and salaries. In the recent season, the fans witnessed their favourite players transfer from one club to another club for record transfer fees and record wages. It's time, we give a look at the list of the Top 10 Highest-Paid footballers in 2023.

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Top 5 Highest-Paid Footballers in 2023

1. $260 Million | Cristiano Ronaldo | Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid footballer of 2023  Image - Getty
Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid footballer of 2023 Image - Getty

Ronaldo's move to Al Nassr was historic. Earning €200 million, he's not just any sportsman but also a brand in itself. He is continuing to plug his own partnerships, with spots for Clear, Herbalife and Binance, among others, appearing on his Instagram account over the past two months. So it's $260 million in total if everything can be included alongside his salary.

AGE: 38 | NATIONALITY: PORTUGAL | ON-FIELD: $200 MILLION â€¢ OFF-FIELD: $60 MILLION

2. $135 Million | Lionel Messi | Inter Miami

Lionel Messi is the second highest-paid footballer of 2023  Image - Getty
Lionel Messi is the second highest-paid footballer of 2023 Image - Getty

The Messi Effect is real in MLS. Chicago Fire drew a club record 62,124 fans at Soldier Field and generated a reported $7 million to $10 million in revenue in a match against Inter Miami, more than all their home games combined this season. Messi's arrival on U.S. soil was also registered in a recently released Apple TV+ documentary titled "Messi Meets America."

AGE: 36 | NATIONALITY: ARGENTINA | ON-FIELD: $65 MILLION â€¢ OFF-FIELD: $70 MILLION

3. $112 Million | Neymar Jr. | Al-Hilal

Neymar Jr. is the third highest-paid footballer of 2023  Image - Getty
Neymar Jr. is the third highest-paid footballer of 2023 Image - Getty

Neymar Jr. has been always been the talking points in the footballing world since his departure from Barcelona. Because when he was in Barcelona, he was derived by only and only football but somehow he became the talking person for being a money driven football player. He signed a record contract with Al-Hilal recently. Away from the pitch, he remains as active as ever, with a list of sponsors that includes Puma, Konami and Red Bull. He also announced a partnership with Portuguese horse breeding farm Team Campline.

AGE: 31 | NATIONALITY: BRAZIL | ON-FIELD: $80 MILLION â€¢ OFF-FIELD: $32 MILLION

4. $110 Million | Kylian Mbappé | Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappé is the fourth highest-paid footballer of 2023  (Image - Corbis/Corbis via Getty)
Kylian Mbappé is the fourth highest-paid footballer of 2023 (Image - Corbis/Corbis via Getty)

Mbappé's decision was not to extend his contract with France's Paris-Saint Germain ahead of the new Ligue 1 season. The club even chose to exclude him from a preseason tour in Japan. But somewhat repaired their relationship. Mbappé fulfilling his childhood dream to play for Real Madrid are growing. Real Madrid failed to sign him this summer but are planning to do so in the next summer too.

AGE: 24 | NATIONALITY: FRANCE | ON-FIELD: $90 MILLION â€¢ OFF-FIELD: $20 MILLION

5. $106 Million | Karim Benzema | Al-Ittihad

Karim Benzema is the fifth highest-paid footballer of 2023  Image - Getty
Karim Benzema is the fifth highest-paid footballer of 2023 Image - Getty

Benzema followed his former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia. He brought to Al Ittihad a blend of skill, experience, and goal-scoring prowess. He's more than just a player. He's an investment for the future and a statement of intent.

AGE: 35 | NATIONALITY: FRANCE | ON-FIELD: $100 MILLION â€¢ OFF-FIELD: $6 MILLION

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Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers list in 2023:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: $260m (Al-Nassr)

2. Lionel Messi: $135m (Inter Miami)

3. Neymar: $112m (Al-Hilal)

4. Kylian Mbappé: $110m (PSG)

5. Karim Benzema: $106m (Al-Ittihad)

6. Erling Haaland: $58m (Manchester City)

7. Mohamed Salah: $53m (Liverpool)

8. Sadio Mané: $52m (Al-Nassr)

9. Kevin De Bruyne: $39m (Manchester City)

10. Harry Kane: $36m (Bayern Munich)

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