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The 10 Highest-Paid Soccer Players in the World for 2024

  • Kylian Mbappé is bringing in a record $264 million between his on- and off-field earnings.
  • The top 10 players in the world are cumulatively making $1.15 billion — a 71% increase from 2022’s record of $652 million.
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo moves the ball against Uruguay during the second half of the group stage match in the 2022 World Cup at Lusail Stadium.
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After signing a five-year deal with Real Madrid worth €15 million ($16.2 million) a year after taxes with a reported €150m ($163 million) bonus, Kylian Mbappé is now the highest-paid soccer player in the world. The French sensation will bring in a combined $264 million between his on- and off-field earnings.

According to Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players, Cristiano Ronaldo is bringing in an astounding $260 million in earnings after his high-profile transfer to Saudi side Al Nassr.

As it did with LIV Golf, Saudi Arabia’s presence in the soccer world has skyrocketed earnings for the sport’s top-paid players.

The Saudi Pro League features four entries on the list — the most of any league — with Al Nassr notching the third spot in Neymar Jr. who is earning $112 million.

But it’s not all about Saudi Arabia’s money: Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami is also paying dividends, with his unique reported contract featuring lucrative stakes with Adidas and Apple. His list-leading $70 million in off-field earnings boosts him to the second spot with $135 million.

Big-spending Manchester City of the Premier League also retains a presence in the top 10, with stars Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne coming in at 6th and 9th, respectively.

FC Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski falls just outside the top 10 with $34 million in total earnings. 

Overall, the top 10 players in the world are cumulatively making $1.15 billion — a 71% increase from 2022’s record of $652 million.

Here is the list of the top 10 highest-paid soccer players in the world, combining on- and off-field earnings based on Forbes’ projections.

  • Updated: June 4, 2024
RankPlayerClubOn-Field EarningsOff-Field EarningsTotal Earnings
1Kylian MbappéReal Madrid$244 million$20 million$264 million
2Cristiano RonaldoAl Nassr$200 million$60 million$260 million
3Lionel MessiInter Miami$65 million$70 million$135 million
4Neymar Jr.Al Hilal$80 million$32 million$112 million
5Karim BenzemaAl Ittihad$100 million$6 million$106 million
6Erling HaalandManchester City$46 million$12 million$58 million
7Mohamed SalahLiverpool$35 million$18 million$53 million
8Sadio ManéAl Nassr$48 million$4 million$52 million
9Kevin De BruyneManchester City$35 million$4 million$39 million
10Harry KaneBayern Munich$26 million$10 million$36 million
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