Highest-Paid Players in the 2022 World Cup

The 5 highest-paid players in the 2022 World Cup are expected to earn a total of $452 million this season. $173 million of the money will be made off the pitch, according to Forbes estimates. Read through this article to find out the 5 highest-paid players in the 2022 world cup and the amount each player will earn both off and on the pitch.

The 5 Highest-Paid Players in the 2022 World Cup

The first on the list is Kylian Mbappé, who is the highest-paid football player in the world. Four years ago, he was part of the France team which helped France win the tournament for the first time since 1998. It was like a coming-out party for the then-19-year-old, who won the best young player at the Russia-hosted event.

Mbappé’s status on the world stage will be extreme, especially with the EA Sports association, his boot deal [with Nike], and everything that comes with that. “Rossi Biddle, the owner of sports marketing firm XtraTimeFC, says, speaking of his endorsement partners. He adds that Mbappé, the cover athlete of EA Sports’ FIFA 23 video game, is likely to be the face of the World Cup and that if France does well, sponsorship interest will further skyrocket.

Already, Mbappé is one of the most financially successful athletes in the sport. Forbes estimates he will earn $128 million for the 2022-23 season before taxes and agents’ fees. Thanks to a three-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, he’ll be paid $110 million between his salary and a share of his signing bonus this season, according to industry experts. That is on top of an estimated $18 million that Mbappé earns annually from endorsements, including deals with Nike, Dior, Hublot, Oakley, Panini, EA Sports, and So rare.

Mbappe is estimated to earn a total of $128 million (on-pitch: $110 million and off-pitch: $18 million).

The second and third persons on the list are the two biggest stars of the game still chasing their first World Cup, and possibly for the last time. Argentina’s Lionel Messi, 35, has already said 2022 will be his last World Cup. The expectation is the same for Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who will turn 38 in February.

Collectively, the pair have scored hundreds of goals, secured 12 Ballons d’Or, and won countless titles, including the UEFA Champions League. Yet World Cup glory has eluded them. They remain two of the highest-paid players in soccer, having earned more than $1 billion each in their careers, and are still both expected to cross the nine-figure mark in total earnings this season, with Messi projected to earn $120 million including endorsements and Ronaldo at $100 million.

Ronaldo is the highest-earning soccer player off the pitch at $60 million, according to Forbes estimates, with partners that include Nike, Herbalife, and Livescore. (The only other player close is Messi at $55 million.) In July, Ronaldo agreed to an exclusive, multi-year partnership with crypto exchange Binance, and he launched his first NFT collection on Friday. He is also the most popular athlete account on Instagram, with an astounding 503 million followers.

Messi is estimated to earn a total of $120 million (on-field: $65 million and off-field $55 million) while Ronaldo is estimated to earn a total of  $100 million (on-field: $60 million and off-field: $40 million)

Rounding out the five highest-paid stars playing in Qatar are two more aging stars Neymar Jr. from Brazil and Robert Lewandowski from Poland. Even though he’s only 30, Neymar has publicly hinted that 2022 could will be his last World Cup, and with Brazil favored to win, he has a chance of going out on top. Meanwhile, Lewandowski, 34, is also expected to do greatly well in the World Cup as he is part of the team representing Poland in the World Cup.

Neymar is estimated to earn a total of $87 million (on-field: $55 million and off-field: $32 million) While Robert Lewandowski is estimated to earn a total of $35 million ($27 million and off-field: $8 million).

These 5 players will be earning a total sum of $452 million making them the 5 highest-paid players in the 2022 World Cup.

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