The highest paid footballers in the world, Kylian Mbappé first on the list of Forbes
When Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi each passed $100 million in total annual earnings for the first time in 2018, both were in their 30s and in the primes of their careers.
But Kylian Mbappé has just achieved this feat and is only 23 years old.
Forbes estimates that the French superstar will earn $128 million for the 2022-2023 season, a new record for the annual ranking of the world's highest-paid soccer players that puts him at No. 1.
Despite rumors of a move to Real Madrid, which even prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to appeal for him to stay, Mbappé in May signed a three-year contract extension to stay in his homeland with the Ligue 1 powerhouse , Paris Saint Germain.
Under the terms of his deal, which like most soccer contracts are not public, Mbappé will earn roughly $110 million for this season, according to industry experts.
Mbappe's ascent moves Messi and Ronaldo into second and third place on Forbes' annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes.
The list also includes stars like Neymar, Salah, Lewandowski and Haaland, who is included in this list for the first time.