L'Equipe publish French sport's 10 top earners - six footballers make the cut


The year of 2018 was quite a big one for French football.

In case you missed it, Les Bleus won their second World Cup out in Russia after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane were the stars of Didier Deschamps' side.

But how many of France's World Cup heroes feature in the list of the country's highest-earning sportsman? Well, L'Equipe have answered that very question.

Only four members of the squad that went to Russia make the cut, with two footballers now absent from international duty also featuring.

The other four members of the list are French basketball players.


Ribery is still making a huge amount of money at Bayern

10 - Franck Ribery (€14.3m)

9 - Evan Fournier (€15.2m)

8 - Joakim Noah (€17.5m)

7 - Ousmane Dembele (€19.1m)

6 - Rudy Gobert (€20.6m)

5 - Nicolas Batum (€20.9m)

4 - Karim Benzema (€22m)

3 - Paul Pogba (€22.1m)

2 - Kylian Mbappe (€24.7m)

1 - Antoine Griezmann (€33m)

Griezmann is the highest earning French sportsman

That's right, Griezmann is absolutely raking it in and Mbappe isn't doing too bad for a 20-year-old, earning a considerable amount more than Pogba.

The Manchester United man's rank is quite surprising, given the fact he is one of the most marketable sportsman on the planet - possibly the Jose Mourinho effect?

Both Ribery and Benzema are still making a killing with Bayern and Real Madrid, while Dembele's move to Barcelona is clearly paying off for him financially.

The absence of Varane on the list could support his reasons for wanting to leave Los Blancos.

Varane doesn't quite make the list

A report from Marca yesterday morning stated that the centre-back has already informed the rest of the dressing room of his intention to leave the Spanish capital.

In the coming years it will be interesting to see which French footballers begin to creep up on the list, with Mbappe and Dembele two who are all but certain to vastly increase their wealth.

Anthony Martial? Or exciting Lyon duo Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar if they move to elite clubs in the near future? Who's to say.

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