Salah, Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe: Who are the highest-paid footballers?

Mohamed Salah has officially extended his contract with Liverpool Football Club.

The news Kopites have been craving for months finally arrived on Friday afternoon and it’s a much-needed boost for the team going into the 2022/23 season.

Sadio Mane‘s departure to Bayern Munich meant Liverpool simply could not afford to lose Salah and that’s why the club have met his lofty wage demands.

The Egyptian is now the highest-paid player in the Merseyside outfit’s long history, his salary believed to be in the region of £400,000-a-week.

As we reported HERE, that’s nearly double that of the second-highest earner at the club, Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool really have gone above and beyond to keep Salah and it’s easy to understand why when you look at what he’s achieved since signing in the summer of 2017.

The former Chelsea and AS Roma winger is without question one of the Reds’ greatest ever players, scoring goals at a frightening rate (156 in 254 games) and winning a plethora of trophies – including the Premier League title and the Champions League.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah with the Champions League trophy

It’s no wonder Liverpool have opted to make Salah the fourth-highest paid footballer in the world, is it?

The folks over at the Daily Mail have named the 10 footballers with the biggest salaries in the present day after Salah’s new deal was announced, with Jurgen Klopp’s main man now ahead of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the sport’s top earners…

The 10 highest-paid footballers in the world

10. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich – £350,000-a-week

9. Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid (on loan from Barcelona) – £356,000-a-week

=7. David De Gea, Manchester United – £375,000-a-week

=7. Erling Haaland, Manchester City – £375,000-a-week

=5. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United – £385,000-a-week

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal for Manchester United

=5. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester CIty – £385,000-a-week

4. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – £400,000-a-week

3. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain, £606,000-a-week

2. Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain – £960,000-a-week

  1. Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain – £1,000,000-a-week
Messi, Neymar and Mbappe celebrate a PSG victory

No, your computer or mobile screen does not need adjusting, PSG really are forking out over £2.5 million per week to cover the wages of just three players. It really is beyond ridiculous and kind of sums up the state of modern football.

The Premier League is the division with the highest number of representatives in the top 10, though.

Five players in total feature, with Salah the new leader of the English top-flight pack.

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