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5 highest-paid players in the world

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo remains the highest paid player in the world
Cristiano Ronaldo remains the highest paid player in the world / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Football at present is awash with money, and some of the top players in the world earn staggering amounts from clubs in order to represent them and lead them to trophies. Clubs today can afford to pay high wages due to sponsorships and commercialisation, in addition to earnings from various other sources.

Here, we take a look at the five highest paid players in the sport.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - €108m

Cristiano Ronaldo
Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Cristiano Ronaldo is without doubt the most popular athlete in the world and despite being 36-years-old, he is the highest paid with €108million only coming form his wages at Manchester United.

The Portugese icon earns a lot more from sponsorships and commercial deals, which only goes to show how valued he is in the current climate.

2. Lionel Messi - €95m

Lionel Messi
Argentina v Peru - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Daniel Jayo/GettyImages

Lionel Messi is widely recognised as the greatest player in the history of the sport and commands a massive salary in order to represent Paris Saint-Germain - who were only too happy to pay him in order to sign him.

He comes only behind his great rival in the salary stakes.

3. Neymar - €82m

Neymar Jr.
Brazil v Uruguay - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Buda Mendes/GettyImages

Neymar might have not lived up to expectations placed on him following his world record move to PSG in 2017, but he has still be brilliant for them on the pitch when fit.

The Brazilian gets paid €82m, which is staggering.

4. Kylian Mbappe - €37m

Kylian Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain v Angers SCO - Ligue 1 / John Berry/GettyImages

The difference between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's salary are astonishing, but the Frenchman is only 22 and will no doubt move up the list in the near future.

Tipped to be a future Ballon d'Or award winner, it will be interesting to see how his career progresses over time.

5. Mohamed Salah - €35m

Mohamed Salah
Watford v Liverpool - Premier League / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah is believed by many to be the best player in the world at present following his brilliant performances for Liverpool, and more than deserves his spot on this list.

If reports of him getting a massive pay rise are to be true, then he will only move up in the future.