Football's most lucrative contracts ever as Mbappe signs mega deal with PSG

Mbappe signs for PSG.

Kylian Mbappe shocked the world with a major U-turn that has seen him extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

It looked to be the biggest open secret on the planet that Mbappe was heading to Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the 2021/22 season, with agreements said to be in place, according to most major news outlets.

PSG never hid their desire to keep their incredibly talented Frenchman beyond the expiry of his contract, and when reports emerged that they had tabled an astronomical offer to keep Mbappe, doubt was suddenly cast over his move to Madrid.

Mbappe’s new PSG contract

Some say that he has been promised ownership-level authorities over the club’s sporting project, while others speculate that he has accepted hundreds of millions of euros to sign the three-year extension. We don’t know for sure, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Mbappe’s new mega deal falls somewhere between the two absurd goal posts.

Sky Sports report that Mbappe will pocket close to £1 million per week on his new deal, receiving a signing-on bonus of around £100m. Pretty insane. And that’s without considering performance-based bonuses and image rights.

Mbappe scores for PSG.
Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Clermont v Paris St Germain – Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand, France – April 9, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

It remains to be seen what this means for Mbappe in the long-term. At just 23 and with the talent he possesses, the world remains his oyster. However, in the short-term, that future now most certainly lies in the French capital, unfortunately for Los Blancos fans.

The saga has come to an end, but it hasn’t stopped us at GIVEMESPORT from wondering about what Mbappe must have been offered to sign an extension, and how his mega deal stacks up against football’s most obscene wages.

With Mbappe’s new deal the talk of the town, what better time than now to take a look at some of the most lucrative deals that have been signed over the years?

The most lucrative contracts in football

Kylian Mbappe stays at PSG (Football Terrace)

Samuel Eto’o – £167,825-per-week (Anzhi Mackhachkala)

In what was most definitely one of football’s strangest stories of all time, Russian minnows Anzhi Mackhachkala were taken over by a billionaire named Suleyman Kerimov in 2011, resulting in a wild spending spree.

They signed Samuel Eto’o from Inter among others, and made the Cameroonian the highest paid footballer in the world at the time as he signed a deal worth £8.7m a season, with his wages said to equate to around 60p a second. Consider that this was a previously unknown side in Russia, and that sounds even more absurd than it already was.

Eto'o became the best paid footballer in the world in 2011
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 18: Samuel Eto’o of FC Anzhi Makhachkala gestures during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at the Petrovsky Stadium on November 18, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/Epsilon/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo – £385,000-per-week (Manchester United)

Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United was one of the greatest and most unexpected stories of 2021. And while the nostalgia pop was great fun, it came at a severe cost for the Red Devils.

Initial reports suggested that Ronaldo would pocket £450,000-per-week at United, but the Daily Mail instead stated that his wage was closer to £385k a week/£20m per year, taking a significant wage cut to return to Old Trafford from Juventus.

Ronaldo took a wage cut to return to United
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United applauds the fans as he warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo – £500,000-per-week (Juventus)

While we’re on the topic, we may as well cover the contract it took for Juventus to pry Ronaldo away from Real Madrid in 2018.

Penning a four-year deal, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Real Madrid for a wage in Turin that was reportedly worth £500,000-per-week. Juventus paid the ultimate price for that gamble, failing to win the Champions League and feeling the financial crunch of breaking their wage structure for Ronaldo.

Juventus paid Ronaldo a huge wage
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus in action during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford on October 23, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Kevin de Bruyne – £400,000-per-week (Manchester City)

When City moved to tie down their star man in 2021, they knew it would come at a price, considering they’d watched De Bruyne blossom into arguably the best midfielder in the world.

The new deal, which now runs until 2025, is said to be worth around £400,000-per-week which comfortably makes him the club’s highest earner, according to the Mirror. Considering their financial power, though, that is merely a drop in their ocean.

De Bruyne is City's highest earner
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid at City of Manchester Stadium on April 05, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish – £300,000-per-week (Manchester City)

A British record, £100m transfer to one of football’s richest clubs simply doesn’t happen without the promise of a shiny salary to match it.

Sources are contended on exactly how much Grealish does earn at City, with the Guardian reporting that he picks up ‘in excess of £200,000-per-week’, while the Express state firmly that he pockets £300,000 on a weekly basis from the club. Don’t be surprised if it’s somewhere between the two, in reality.

Grealish is on a big wage with Manchester City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Jack Grealish of Manchester City waves to fans before leaving as he unveiled to fans at Etihad Stadium on August 09, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi – €138m per season (Barcelona)

It wasn’t rocket science to assume that Messi – arguably the game’s greatest ever player – was earning a wage that reflected this, in an era of insanely inflated sums. Let’s face it, he was hardly going to be on a minimum hourly rate, was he?

El Mundo reported that when signing his last Barcelona contract extension in 2017, Messi penned a deal worth €138m a season, which equates to just shy of £117m. Yep. Per season. And that’s without considering the bonuses on top. No wonder La Blaugrana ended up in such financial disarray.

Barcelon were unable to re-sign Messi despite his reduced wage demands
BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference at Nou Camp on August 08, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi – €25.6m per year (Paris Saint-Germain)

When even PSG cannot match the wages you have been paying your star man, you know you’ve messed up.

Having to leave Barcelona due to their financial disarray in 2021, PSG were just about the only club in Europe’s top five leagues that could afford to meet the Argentine’s demands, which naturally had to shrink somewhat. Messi collected a £25.6m salary in his first season, which will increase in his second season to £34.1m, while also pocketing a £12.8m loyalty bonus, according to L’Equipe.

PSG met Messi's wage demands
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi poses with his jersey next to President Nasser Al Khelaifi and Leonardo after the press conference of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sebastien Muylaert/Getty Images)

David de Gea – £375,000-per-week (Manchester United)

There was a point in time where De Gea absolutely was the best goalkeeper on the planet, and deserved a wage reflective of that feat. And considering the previous interest from Real Madrid, you can understand why United felt the need to provide one.

That £375,000-per-week contract, as per The Athletic, made De Gea the best paid goalkeeper in the Premier League at the time, but also coincided with a significant dip in form that is only just beginning to recover, after a very difficult three years or so.

De Gea is one of football's best paid goalkeepers
VILLARREAL, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 23: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates their side’s second goal scored by Jadon Sancho of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at Estadio de la Ceramica on November 23, 2021 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Neymar – £26m per year (Paris Saint-Germain)

Somehow, the jury is still out on a player that PSG deemed worth a world record, £200m transfer fee in 2017. That is unacceptable.

But while Neymar admittedly has left a lot to be desired at times, to say he’s been a failure or wasted his career in Paris is absurd. His stats are unbelievable, and the contract extension he signed in 2021 reflects that. According to the Daily Star, Neymar’s latest deal is worth £26m per year, or £54 per minute.

Neymar signed a mega contract extension with PSG
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 04: Neymar poses with his new jersey after a press conference with Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi on August 4, 2017 in Paris, France. Neymar signed a 5 year contract for 222 Million Euro. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale – £554,000-per-week (Real Madrid)

A deal that gets more cringe-inducing for Real Madrid with each month’s wage slips being sent out, Gareth Bale was actually worth the money they paid him once upon a time.

Signing for Los Blancos in 2013 with all the hype in the world, Bale has become a four-time Champions League winner in Madrid and come up with tons of masterful performances. But the last few years has seen his relationship with the club sour, with Los Blancos freezing him out while he runs down a £554,000-per-week contract, according to Marca, that finally ends in 2022.

Bale has been frozen out by Real Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – JULY 10: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid sits on the bench before the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on July 10, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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