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Forbes World's Highest Paid Footballers
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Highest Paid Footballers As Per Forbes’ Highest Earning Athletes: August 2020

Forbes has released their yearly ranking of the top 100 highest-earning athletes and fourteen highest paid footballers appear on the list, with two of them earning over $100 million over the year, which incredibly is more than the GDP of Tuvalu, an entire country! This list includes the 14 names who are among the highest paid footballers in the world at the moment.

While some people think that this amount of money is grotesque for a single athlete to earn, it is justified by all the revenue they generate and is objectively logical. If a club or sponsor judges that a player is worth investing money into, then it is unfair to blame the player, especially as many players give back to their communities and to charities.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. Image Credits: TOI

Highest Paid Footballers As Per Forbes’ Highest Earning Athletes: August 2020

The first player on the list of highest paid footballers from the UK site Findbettingsites is Cristiano Ronaldo, who earned $105 million, thanks to a $60 million annual salary and endorsements from Altice, Nike and others that net him the remaining $45 million. At a time when most players have many tattoos, Ronaldo stands out in that he has none. The reason for this is that he gives blood on a regular basis and you can’t give blood if you have tattoos.

Secondly is his greatest rival, Lionel Messi. Messi has not built himself as a brand as much as Ronaldo which explains why he gets $32 million from his partnerships with Adidas, Gatorade, Huawei and Mastercard, $13 million less than the Portuguese. On the other hand, the Argentinian winger has the biggest salary in the world, winning $72 million a year. Since the very beginning of his career, Lionel Messi has been among the highest paid footballers.

The third player is unsurprising and there is a massive drop below him. It is, of course, the Brazilian Neymar who has been among the highest paid footballers. He plays for the very, very rich PSG. He is paid $70 million a year, more than even Ronaldo and more than double anyone outside the top three.

His attitude is sometimes criticised by pundits because he is not conventionally hardworking but some of his skills, tricks and goals are genuinely unbelievable. When he is at his best, he can toy with defenders as well as anyone in history, and he often leaves opponents on the floor after performing what has been called ‘ankle breakers’.

Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr. Image Credits: Twitter

Earning $35.5 million since June 2019, Mohammed Salah is fourth on the list. The twenty-eight-year-old is sponsored by Adidas, DHL International, EA and more for a value of $12 million but it is his annual salary of $23.1 million.

He has had many doubters like the rest of his Liverpool team but last season’s Champions League victory and winning the Premier League this season has silenced all of them. He is a deadly finisher and a very powerful runner, not only very fast but also very strong. Some say he is too selfish with the ball, but the best players must be, and it is proof of the confidence he has in himself and that the salary he is paid justifies.

Fifth on the list is the French sweetheart and by far the youngest on the list Kyllian Mbappe. He also plays for PSG and is paid $20.8 million per year as well as $13 million coming from his partners EA, Hublot and Nike. Mbappe is an electric player who can sometimes jump into life and destroy defenders.

Being just twenty-one years of age, he is already a big game player and he performs when his teams need him, showcased at Monaco, PSG and for France. His performance against Argentina was absolutely scintillating, assisting one goal, scoring himself and winning the penalty for another goal in the famous 4-3 win. Mbappe, although still very young, has been among the highest paid footballers since his miraculous season with AS Monaco.

Next is the Spanish maestro Andres Iniesta. At the age of thirty-six, he is undoubtedly past his best, but a transfer to Vissel Kobe has allowed him to keep shining and if anything, he has to rely more and more on his incredibly fast football brain and his technical ability to make a difference in games, which he still manages to do with flair.

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Andres Iniesta. Image Credits: Twitter

Even the most biased Real Madrid fans are aware that Iniesta is a truly special player, and his partnership with Xavi in the centre of the Barcelona midfield was a treat to watch. He earns $26.6 million a year from his club as well as $3 million from sponsors. Both, Xavi and Iniesta were among the highest paid footballers during their stint at FC Barcelona.

Rounding out the top ten are Paul Pogba, Oscar and Antoine Griezmann. They earn $28.5 million, $27.5 million and $26.7 million respectively and interestingly, these players all net proportionally more from their salaries and bonuses rather than their sponsors and partners. These superstars are among the highest paid footballers in 2020.

Forbes World's Highest Paid Footballers
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Top 5 Footballers In The Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

One of the most famous magazines of the world, Forbes, released data of the highest-paid athletes in world on Friday. Footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar, all feature in the elite list of footballers who earn a lot of money through the sport they play and other associations and sponsorships.

Paydays for the world’s top-earning athletes dropped for the first time in four years, according to the 2020 Forbes ranking as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on sports and cancelled or postponed many marquee events for the first time since World War II.

Lionel Mesi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Mesi and Cristiano Ronaldo Image Source: Twitter

The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016, when boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao skewed the results with a $400 million payout from their May 2015 “Fight of the Century” pay-per-view bout.

Today, we’ll take a look at the top-paid footballers in the industry and do they really justify the amount being spent on them.

Top 5 Footballers In The Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

5. Kylian Mbappe ($33.8 Million)

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France and Paris Saint Germain’s star striker, Kylian Mbappe features on the fifth spot among the highest-paid footballers in the world. Kylian Mbape has earned a total of $33.8 Million, out of which $13 Million have been earned by endorsements and $20.8 Million have been earned by his salary and winnings. Mbappe, however, features on the 36th spot among the highest-paid athletes.


Kylian Mbappe’s Three-Match Suspension Upheld By FFF

France forward Kylian Mbappe, who conceded a three-match ban after shoving Teji Savanier to the ground couldn’t make his ban reduce as FFF have upheld the appeal.

Mbappe was shown red card after shoving Savanier to the ground.

In PSG’s 4-2 win in Ligue 1, Mbappe lost his temper at the dying minutes of the game and saw getting a red hard including a three-match suspension. Although, he apologized to his fans, he insisted that he would do it again if something similar happens to him once again.

Mbappe was hit with a three-game ban by French Professional Football League (LFP), while Savanier was handed a four-match suspension. However, it is stretched to five games because of the existence of a one-game ban in suspended sentence.

Savanier appealed to the FFF. He went above the LFP and granted a re-examination last week. Though, a decision was initially expected last week and Mbappe put his case to the FFF last Friday, the governing body finally communicated on Friday. They confirmed that  both players’ punishment remains the same.

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After getting the red card, the youngster said:

“It’s just an accumulation of things. It’s football; you have to learn when playing in this kind of club to let it go because it’s like that everytime so if I get upset every weekend, I’m going to take several reds, so we have to be above it. No, I do not regret it. And if it was again, so I will do it again. And I will apologise to the supporters and everyone, but I cannot tolerate these kinds of gestures.”

In France, straight cards guarantee at least a one-match suspension. As a result, Mbappe missed PSG’s 4-0 home win over Saint-Etienne and Savanier missed Nimes’ draw in Bordeaux.

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France's forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring their four goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Thomas Muller Lavishes Praise on Kylian Mbappe

German forward Thomas Muller had some high appreciation to make for French youngster Kylian Mbappe after their match in the UEFA Nations League.

Recently, Muller and Mbappe featured in France-Germany’s clash at the UEFA Nations league.

Although, the match between Germany and France ended on 0-0, Mbappe made an impression where almost all the players of France failed to play well on Thursday. And the Bayern Munich forward noticed it all.

After the match, Muller told reporters:

“He has an engine in his butt that everyone else wants to have. He makes one fast step and leaves the opponent behind. You have to defend players like him with more than one player, even if he leaves one player behind the next one has to try to stop him. That’s the only way you can stop remarkable players like him. Of course, he had some moments during the game that the spectators enjoyed.”

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After Germany’s embarrassing exit from the 2018 World Cup held in Russia, it was their first match since then. Losing 1-0 to Mexico, they came back well beating Sweden in the last minute of the game.

However, they suffered a shock defeat against South Korea in their last group game, and it ended their hopes of defending the World Cup.

And this was not the only thing they suffered. The 2014 World champions also had to see Mesut Ozil retire from the national team due to racism.

Despite going to the match with several problems, in the end, Thomas Muller believes Germany responded well.

“We had a lot of pressure before the game. But we responded in the way we had to. You have to make distinctions. It wasn’t our best game and we have a lot to pay back. That was the first key step, but that’s all,” he concluded.

3-match suspension for PSG forward Mbappe for shoving opponent

3-match suspension for PSG forward Mbappe for shoving opponent

Paris, Sep 6: Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe was handed a three-match suspension from the French Professional Football League (LFP) for shoving opponent in last weekend’s Ligue 1 match against promoted side Nimes.

The 19-year-old Mbappe put PSG 3-2 up with a spectacular shot but was sent off as he angrily shoved Nimes player Teji Savanier onto the ground following a bad foul. Savanier was also shown a red card for his foul. reports Xinhua news agency.

Talking about his retaliatory action, Mbappe said that he would not hesitate to do the same thing again.

Mbappe has notched four goals in three appearances for PSG this season.

He will miss the next three domestic matches against Saint-Etienne, Rennes, and Reims, it was announced on Wednesday.

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Nominees Of Golden Boy 2018 Announced

The nominees for the Golden Boy 2018 has been announced on Tuesday with World Cup winning player Kylian Mbappe seems to be the top contender. However, the defending champion of this award faces competition from the likes of Timothy Weah, Christian Pulisic and Phil Foden.

Mbappe, Pulisic and Timothy Weah are top contenders for Golden Boy 2018.

The 19-year old youngster, who was part of the World Cup winning team won the year last year. And after winning the World Cup this year, he is a top contender this year too.

Mbappe played phenomenal throughout the tournament and lived up to the expectations. He was named man of the match in the round of 16 clash against Argentina. He scored a goal and proved a beautiful assist. The player also scored a goal in the final of the World Cup and made history. At the club level, he has also been among the goals  in 2018-19 after returning to the domestic stage with PSG.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic is another guy who is favourite to win the award. He has been at the very top of the game since the last two seasons. However, USA couldn’t make it to the World Cup this year and this may become the reason if Pulisic fails to win the award.

Christian Pulisic

On the other hand,  Manchester City midfielder Foden is proving to be a hot prospect. He has helped the England U-17 side to become the champions of the world this year. He has also got some minutes this year in City’s pre-season games. This young gun can also give a competition to France’s Mbappe.

2018 Golden Boy nominees in full:


Player Club
Carles Alena Barcelona
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool
Kelvin Adou Amian Toulouse
Houssem Aouar Lyon
Musa Barrow Atalanta
Sander Gard Bolin Berge Genk
Justin Bijlow Feyenoord
Abdelkader Brahim Diaz Manchester City
Josip Brekalo Wolfsburg
Patrick Cutrone AC Milan
Dani Olmo Dinamo Zagreb
Tom Davies Everton
Mattijs de Ligt Ajax
Moussa Diaby PSG
Diogo Dalot Manchester United

Moussa Djenepo Standard Liege
Ritsu Doan Gronigen
Eder Militao Porto
Odsonne Edouard Celtic
Evander Midtjylland
Phil Foden Manchester City
Juan Foyth Tottenham
Gedson Fernandes Benfica
Nicolas Gonzalez Stuttgart
Achraf Borussia Dortmund
Amadou Haidara Red Bull Salzburg
Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen
Jonathan Ikone Lille
Joao Filipe Benfica
Jovane Cabral Sporting Lisbon

Dejan Joveljic Red Star Belgrade
Boubacar Kamara Marseille
Yann Karamoh Bordeaux
Moise Kean Juventus
Jules Keita Dijon
Justin Kluivert Roma
Teun Koopmeiners AZ Alkmaar
Alban Lafont Fiorentina
Leo Jaba PAOK
Mikhail Lysov Lokomotiv Moscow
Jean-Victor Makengo Nice
Manu Garcia Toulouse
Mauro Junior PSV
Kylian Mbappe PSG
Weston McKennie Schalke

Evan N’Dicka Eintracht Frankfurt
Pietro Pellegri Monaco
Ronael Pierre-Gabriel Monaco
Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund
Ruben Vinagre Wolves
Marcelo Saracchi RB Leipzig
Ismaila Sarr Rennes
Ryan Sessegnon Fulham
Antonio Moya Vega Atletico Madrid
Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig
Federico Valverde Real Madrid
Vinicius Junior Real Madrid
Moussa Wague Barcelona
Timothy Weah PSG
Luca Zidane Real Madrid



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Kylian Mbappe says he would keep a check on his behaviour in the future. Image Courtesy: Getty

I Would Do It Again – Kylian Mbappe on Getting Red Card

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe has no regrets for his behaviour and the push on Teji Savanier during his side’s 4-2 victory against Nimes.

Kylian Mbappe has no regrets for his behaviour.

However, the French forward has admitted he needs to control his temper. Mbappe scored PSG’s third goal to put them back in front after a dramatic fightback brought Nimes level from being 2-0 down. But, he got himself into trouble at the last minute of the stoppage time and earned a red card.

After getting a rash challenge by Savanier, the 19-year old forward couldn’t control his temper and pushed the player. And the referee immediately put his hand in his pocket to show the red card.

Meanwhile, Mbappe indicated he received a typical treatment, and this is how teams in Ligue 1 treats him. But the player has apologised to his fans for getting suspended.

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PSG’s Kylian Mbappe says he would keep a check on his behaviour after getting the red card. Image Courtesy: Getty


The French forward told reporters after the match,

“It’s just an accumulation of things. It’s football; you have to learn when playing in this kind of club to let it go because it’s like that everytime so if I get upset every weekend, I’m going to take several reds, so we have to be above it. No, I do not regret it. And if it was again, so I will do it again. And I will apologise to the supporters and everyone, but I cannot tolerate these kinds of gestures.”

Mbappe also hit out at the tackle from Savanier that provoked him in the last minute of the stoppage time.

“Where we play the ball, there are no problems, but here there is no intention to play the ball. But well, it doesn’t matter, I will go to the commission, and I will go to defend myself. I think it has no place on a field of football but it does not matter, the referee has made a choice and, as I said, we must rise above it.”

After the international break, PSG will face St-Etienne on 15th September at home.

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Kylian Mbappe was the most expensive player of the 2018 summer transfer window.

2018 Summer Transfer Window – Top 5 Expensive Switches

As days are passing by, the transfer records are continually breaking, as the market value of players is all but rising. The 2018 summer transfer window has also been no different. The clubs, especially in the English Premier League, have broken the bank to get the desired players.

English Premier League teams made the most expensive signings of the 2018 summer transfer window.

Last year, it was Paris Saint-German who shocked the world after they triggered the release clause of Barcelona’s forward, Neymar Jr. The deal cost €222 million, making it the most expensive transfer in the history of football.

Here, we take a look at the top five expensive switches of 2018 summer transfer window

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Gianluigi Buffon says Kylian Mbappe has something special about him.

Mbappe has Something More than the Others – Gianluigi Buffon

After a fantastic performance in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, France youngster Kylian Mbappe has been flourished with praise by many legends of football. This time he got the appreciation from the former Seria A and Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon believes Mbappe has all the qualities one need to win a Ballon d’Or.

Buffon believes Mbappe has all the potential and qualities required to become the best. The Frenchman scored four goals including a goal in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The 19-year old also won the best young player of the World Cup award. The former Juventus goalkeeper thinks Mbappe can achieve everything he wants if he keeps his foot in the ground and stay humble. Buffon told PSG’s official club magazine,

“Kylian has something more than the others. I hope that he will remain humble and maintain his desire to progress and make sacrifices. If Kylian does that, then he will leave his mark on football history and write some incredible pages in sporting history.”

Gianluigi Buffon and Kylian Mbappe are now team-mates in PSG after the goalkeeper decided to end his legendary career at Juventus and take a new challenge.

Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Buffon.
Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon also revealed his former Juventus teammate Andrea Barzagli was stunned after he faced Mbappe in the 2017 UCL semi-final.

“When I spoke with Andrea, one of my great friends, at the end of the match, he told me: ‘Gigi, in my 20 years as a professional football player, I have rarely seen somebody so fast and so quick even with the ball. I had trouble marking him. These words are not trivial. Andrea, when he is focused and on song, is a great defender.”

The legendary goalkeeper’s Ligue 1 career will start on 13th August when PSG will face Caen at Parc des Princes at the Parc des Princes.

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Kylian Mbappe Takes Over PSG’s Iconic No. 7

After an amazing performance in the World Cup, a lot have changed for the teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

A new journey begins for Mbappe with the new shirt number for PSG.

The Frenchman has become a global sensation since his breakthrough at Monaco, and his stock is constantly on the rise. PSG made him the world’s most expensive teenager in a move worth a potential €180 million (£158m/$210m).

Just after few months, Mbappe has fired his country to World Cup success and expects to have a chance of ending Ronaldo’s hold on the Ballon d’Or this year.

Mbappe had been touted as the ideal option to step into Ronaldo’s position at Real Madrid as the attacker departed for Juventus. But the forward is set to stay in the French capital.

Instead, it appears Mbappe is looking to knock Ronaldo off his perch another way; by taking over as football’s most iconic No.7.

PSG have revealed that the 19-year-old has ditched the No.29 shirt he wore in his first season.

Mbappe told the club’s website:

“I thought for a long time that the number was not important. It was only on the pitch that it mattered but it is an indication of your ambitions, the player you want to be. I will try to continue my progress on the field and I think for me it was the right time to change number.”

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The teenage sensation hopes he will be able to keep the pride of the iconic number.

“Number 7 is a legendary number, many great players who have worn it. I hope I could do credit in the field with this number. I will continue to work to continue my progress and see where it leads me. The reason I came to PSG is to leave a mark, there is a beautiful story to write and this is just the beginning. We are here again for good years and I hope that we will be able to do great things together.”

Mbappe wore the No.10 shirt for France at the World Cup as he impressed on the big stage. He scored four goals in seven matches.

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