Footballers are among the most money-making celebrities in the world. Like musicians, film actors, and entertainers, footballers make money on and off the pitch. Some have also started businesses not only to earn more money but also to create jobs.
Forbes magazine recently unveiled the ten highest-paid players in the world. Lionel Messi comes first with $ 126 million, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo with $ 117 million.
Among the ten highest-paid players globally, two are blacks of African descent, and only one is African.
Forbes spoke with club executives, player agents, business sponsors, and football experts in the United States and Europe to arrive at this ranking.
Here are the highest paid black footballers:
Kylian Mbappé plays for the best French team, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and the French national team. Mbappé was recruited by PSG for a record $ 219 million when he was only 18 years old.
Forbes estimates his total earnings at $ 42 million. Of this figure, $ 28 million is his salary. He earns $ 14 million thanks to his sponsorship contracts.
He was born in Paris and grew up in Bondy, in Seine-Saint-Denis. Her father, Wilfried, is Cameroonian and her mother, Fayza Lamari, is Algerian.
Mohamed Salah has joined Liverpool from the Italian club AS Roma. Forbes estimates its total revenue at $ 37 million. He earns $ 24 million as a salary and $ 13 million from his sponsorship contracts. Salah was born in Nagrig, Basyoun, Egypt. He started his career at the Egyptian club El Mokawloon before moving to Europe to pursue his professional career.
Paul Pogba plays for the English club Manchester United and the French national team. The Red Devils signed him from Juventus for a record $ 132 million.
Forbes estimates the total revenue of the French international at $ 34 million. As a salary, he earns $ 28 million and $ 6 million from sponsorship companies such as Adidas and video games “FIFA.” “
Pogba was born in Lagny-Sur-Marne, France. However, his parents are from Guinea.
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