Messi, Salah, no Ronaldo: The best-paid footballer from every continent

Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool

On June 22, 2022, Sadio Mane joined Bayern Munich in a £35m move from Liverpool.

The Senegalese international was given a substantial pay-rise.

He was believed to be earning ‘just’ £100,000-per-week at Liverpool. Bayern are now paying him £250,000-per-week, per the Mirror.

That made him the highest-paid African footballer in the world.

He didn’t hold that title for long, though.

Just nine days after Mane joined Bayern, Mohamed Salah signed a lucrative three-year deal at Liverpool.

Per the Daily Mail, The Egyptian winger is now earning £400,000-per-week at the Premier League giants, considerably more than what Mane is earning at Bayern.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool talks with team mate Sadio Mane during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on October 30, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Salah is the world’s best-paid African player once again, but who are the best paid players in every continent? We have answered that question using a variety of sources.

For obvious reasons, Antarctica has been omitted.

Oceania: Chris Wood | Newcastle | £80,000-per-week (Per Capology)

Wood made the £25m transfer from Burnley to Newcastle in January. He hit the back of the net twice in 17 appearances for the Magpies in 2021/22.

Asia: Son Heung-min | Tottenham Hotspur | £140,000-per-week (Per Spotrac)

Son Heung-min has emerged into one of the best wingers in the world. The South Korean star won the Premier League Golden Boot last season with 24 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min
NORWICH, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on May 22, 2022 in Norwich, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

North America: Christian Pulisic | Chelsea | £150,000-per-week (Per Spotrac)

Pulisic signed a cool £150,000-per-week deal with Chelsea after making the £59m move from Dortmund in 2019. He has scored 25 times in 115 games for The Blues.

Africa: Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | £400,000-per-week (Per the Daily Mail)

There were concerns that Salah would not extend his spell at Liverpool and leave on a free transfer in 2023. Much to the relief of Liverpool fans all over the world, the two parties were able to agree a huge three-year deal.

South America: Lionel Messi | Paris Saint-Germain | £960,000-per-week (Per the Daily Mail)

Paris Saint-Germain handed Messi a massive deal when he joined on a free transfer in 2021. He earns just over £350,000-per-week more than teammate, Neymar.

Europe: Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain | £1,000,000-per-week (Per the Daily Mail)

Mbappe became the highest-paid footballer in the world when he rejected Real Madrid and signed a new contract with PSG in May. He earns considerably more than football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who is paid £510,000-per-week, per Spotrac.

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