Kylian Mbappe tops Forbes' richest footballer list, surpassing Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Kyalian Mpappe relaxing in a pool.

Kylian Mbappe is now the highest-paid football player, according to Forbes.

For the first time in nine years, a player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked top in Forbes list of richest football players.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward will make $128 million (KSh 15.5 billion) during the 2022/2023 season.

The 23-year-old beats his team-mate Messi who came in second with $120m (KSh 14.5 billion) and Manchester United forward Ronaldo third with $100m (KSh 12 billion).

Neymar, Salah among top five richest players

Brazil international Neymar was fourth on the list with an estimated $87 million (KSh 10.5 billion), while Liverpool FC's Mohamed Salah closed the top 5 richest players with $53 million (KSh 6.4 billion).

As BBC Sport reported, former England captain David Beckham was the final player to rank first outside of Ronaldo or Messi in 2013.

In May 2022, Mbappe agreed to a lucrative three-year contract with PSG, ending rumours of a summer transfer to Real Madrid.

Since arriving on loan from Monaco in 2017, the France World Cup champion has won 11 trophies at the club, including four Ligue 1 championships.

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