In an article published by Forbes, the American magazine drew up a Top 10 of the players who won the most money in 2021. Two French people are part of it.
10. Eden Hazard
9. Gareth Bale
Back at Real Madrid after a conflict with Zinédine Zidane who saw him leave on loan at Tottenham, Gareth Bale continues to earn financially.
Annually, the Welshman earns as much as Hazard (€ 22M) but his income generated by sponsors is greater than that of the Belgian (€ 5M).
8. Paul Pogba
With an estimated annual salary of € 23 million, Paul Pogba ranks 8th in this top 10.
The 28-year-old world champion also has a ten-year footwear contract with Adidas worth an estimated $ 45 million (€ 38m).
7. Andres Iniesta
Iniesta left for Japan for a two-year contract with Vissel Kobe in 2018 after 22 seasons at FC Barcelona.
The midfielder has since helped the club win the Emperor's Cup in 2019, qualify for the AFC Champions League for the first time and win the Japanese Supercup in February 2020
Don Andres receives around 26M € annually with the Japanese club.
6. Robert Lewandowski
At 33, Robert Lewandowski is perhaps the best at number 9. The last time he didn't score for Bayern was in February; He is currently on a 19-game streak and this month became the first Bundesliga player to score in 13 consecutive home games.
The Pole launched his clothing brand RL9, adding to his earnings from Nike, Huawei and Head & Shoulders. Lewandowski wins as much as Iniesta, but his sponsorship income is higher than the Spaniard (€ 6m).
5. Mohamed Salah
Having become the face of Muslim athletes, Mohamed Salah is making his mark in the history of Liverpool. He has recently passed the 100 goal mark in the Premier League and financially, things are going well for the Pharaoh of the Reds.
In 2021, Salah will earn € 34M including € 13M in sponsors alone, an often high source of income in the United Kingdom.
4. Kylian Mbappé
For his last year of contract with PSG, the crack of Bondy will earn 36M €, including 12M € in sponsors alone. The world champion scores more goals and wins more than Messi and Ronaldo at his age (22), in part because the sponsors recognized his potential earlier.
Last year EA Sports gave him FIFA 21 solo coverage, making him one of the youngest players to ever do so. This year, he will once again be the face of FIFA 22.
3. Neymar Jr
In the top 3, the numbers are starting to be really impressive. The one who joined Paris in 2017 against 222M € will receive 95 million dollars in 2021.
Of this pharaonic sum, 75 million dollars are paid by the PSG, or about 60M €. Of these 60M €, 50% is taxed by the French state, so there remains 30M € net to Neymar.
But the Brazilian star has also signed a contract with Puma and his sponsorship income amounts to € 17 million.
2. Lionel Messi
Arrived in Paris in August after 21 years in his favorite club, FC Barcelona, Argentinian star Lionel Messi will receive € 30 million net per season, including one million in cryptocurrency at PSG.
But the Pulga also has tremendous income from sponsors: nearly € 30 million will also be donated to it in 2021. A total gross income of around € 93 million.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The fivefold Ballon d'Or is at the top of this list. In addition to being an extraordinary striker, the Portuguese is a true businessman who has built an empire guaranteeing him income once he retires.
Back at Old Trafford, CR7 will receive € 31m net. Its income via sponsors is titanic with nearly 46M € which will be collected in 2021. A total of 105 million euros in income this year.
During his career, Ronaldo made more than a billion dollars in earnings before taxes. He is the first team sport athlete in the world to reach this milestone.
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