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Sadio Mané is the highest paid footballer in Africa, earning $21m



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With the FIFA World Cup 2022 fast approaching, each national team is scouting highly skilled players at the top of their game. But top talent comes at a cost, the wages of the world’s top soccer players are at an all-time high.

To satisfy our curiosity over who is paid the most in 2022, Voetbal Travel analysed salaries of over 32,000 active soccer players from 200+ countries, mapping each nation’s highest paid soccer star!

Key Findings

  • France has the highest paid soccer player in the world with Kylian Mbappé earning over $88 million a year. Argentina is second, with Lionel Messi ($59m) and Brazil third with Neymar ($50m). 
  • Earning nearly $21m annually, Sadio Mané ranked as the highest paid soccer player in Africa!
  • The 37-year-old Christiano Ronaldo is the highest paid soccer player in Portugal while Eden Hazard is the highest earner in Belgium. Together with Mbappé, they are the top 3 highest paid footballers in Europe.
  • South Korean superstar Heung-Min Son is the highest paid in the country and in Asia.
  • Paris Saint-Germain hosts the most affluent stars in six nations, followed by Napoli, Liverpool and Barcelona with four. The English Premier League is home to the country’s best paid stars (24). 

Please see the graphics for editorial use as attached and full data for 222 countries can be found on Onedrive here.

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World Top 5

Voetbal Travel can reveal that in first place is France. Their highest paid player Kylian Mbappé is earning $88,359,383 a year, making him the highest paid soccer player in the world! It is not surprising to see this PSG superstar topping the list after signing a record-breaking lucrative contract this summer. Will Kylian Mbappé surprise the world with his talents again and help France break the World Cup champion’s curse in 2022? 

In second place is Argentina, with Lionel Messi earning $58,782,360 annually and over $1m weekly! Despite being an older player, Messi is still the star for both his club and his national team. Having lifted Copa America Cup with his team in 2021 and awarded Golden Boot as the top scorer, Messi will once again captain Argentina in Qatar 2022 which is likely to be his last chance to win the World Cup. 

Ranking third is another South American country Brazil, with Neymar earning $50,494,047 per year. Debuting for the Brazil national team at only 18, Neymar has capped 119 times and scored 74 goals for his home country. 

The 37-year-old Christiano Ronaldo is the highest paid soccer player in Portugal with a salary of $30,295,524 and Belgium’s current highest paid player is the Real Madrid’s midfielder Eden Hazard ($29,391,180). 

Highest paid soccer player in each continent 

With PSG teammates Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi being the world’s top two highest paid soccer players, they ranked as the highest paid players respectively for Europe and South America. 

Considered one of the greatest African players of all time, Senegal’s all-time top goalscorer Sadio Mané is the highest earning player in Africa! Transferred from Liverpool FC to Bayern Munich in the latest window, his new contract promises an annual salary of $21,382,762.

In North America, Christian Pulisic from the United States men’s national soccer team is the best paid soccer player, with an annual salary of $8,817,354 paid by his club Chelsea.

On the other side of the world, Heung-Min Son is crowned the highest paid Asian soccer player in 2022. Having played for Tottenham Spurs in the English Premier League for seven years, the South Korean national team captain is earning $11,286,213 annually.

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As New Zealand’s leading goal scorer, Chris Wood has been playing in the English leagues since 2009 and is on a salary of $4,702,589 after joining Newcastle United this year. This places him as the highest paid soccer player in Oceania.

Clubs with most nation’s affluent stars

Paris Saint-Germain hosts the most affluent stars in six countries. Aside from paying the top three highest soccer players’ salaries in the world, they also have the most affluent players from Costa Rica, Italy and Morocco. This is followed by S.S.C. Napoli from Italian Serie A, Liverpool F.C. from English Premier League and FC Barcelona from La Liga for owning four nation’s highest paid soccer players.

The English Premier League is home to 24 country’s best paid stars, higher than Italian Serie A(18), La Ligue(15), Ligue 1(12), Saudi Professional League(10) and any other soccer leagues in the world.

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1. Voetbal Travel sought to find out the highest paid soccer player in every country in 2022.

2. To do this, they created a seed list of over 32,000 players across the world who play/played for their national team and are still active in soccer. 

3. They then scraped all players’ salary data from multiple sources to cross reference. The main sources used are: Salarysport, Spotrac, and Capology. After ranking all players by country, the highest paid player of each country was determined. 

4. For each player, weekly salary, yearly salary, national team and the current club they are playing for were noted down in this study. 

5. For players who have multiple nationalities, their data were counted for the latest national team they played/are playing for. For example, Joel Matip was born in Germany but he represented Cameroon (2010-2015) as his international career. Due to his high salary, he was counted as the highest paid player of Cameroon.

6. The salary does not include bonuses, incentives or any endorsements that the players may have.  

7. Due to the recent transfer window closure and the difference in team payroll report dates, some salaries recorded for 2022 may not be updated to the 2022/23 season started in the past month. 

8. Sixty countries analyzed were excluded due to missing data. 

9. The full dataset including data for 222 countries can be found here.

10. Xe Currency Converter was used for currency conversion and the rates are correct as of 22/09/2022.

11. All data was collected on September 2022 and is subject to change. 

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It is remarkable and exciting to observe the re-sprouting of the Ghanaian urban gospel industry. The versatility and creativity attached to the works of the artistes involved is just mind bugling.

The genre, which from onset was described by many as ungodly due to few tweaks in lyrics and rhythm, has without exaggeration, become one of the most accepted and listened to genres not only in Ghana but globally.

Interestingly, I am confident that Ghana and its entirety is yet to experience another storm with regards to pure talent and creativity in the urban gospel fraternity as I introduce Samuel Adjei Sowah, an award winning dancer and singer who domiciles in Switzerland

His entry in this space will undoubtedly draw world attention as his dedication and professionalism in music is unmatched.

After many years of laying low as an entertainer, Samuel adjei Sowah, who now goes by the moniker Bless Sowah, is out with his maiden single and it is mind blowing.

In a detailed interview, the dancer and singer reminisced how he nearly fell prey to the devil and what this song means to his life and career.

“ After winning the National Dance Championship in 1990 and 1995, I became addicted to drugs.

Whiles battling and seeking solutions to this canker of addiction, my mother walked to me one day and asked me to connect with God, else, I would not be able to enjoy life as I want.

I heeded her advice and, while on that task, I promised God if he could help deliver me from this shame, I will sing and shout to his glory. Thankfully, God fulfilled his part of the bargain and it is time to fulfill mine” he said.

jump around, the title for his latest joint sinks so well  and tells the Musician’s ordeal not only in rhythm, but captivating lyrics that elevates.

Although not a boxed musician, this gospel tune aims at encouraging believers to praise and give thanks in whatever situation they find themselves. With a background as a dancer, Samuel Adjei Sowah  A.K.A Bless Sowah with his producer, Oshogbo complemented the lyrics with a danceable and groovy rhythm, to complete the fun. It touches on relatable day to day issues and the importance of drawing close to God.

The song will be available on all digital platforms 7th April 2023

It is time to enter the house of God with our dancing shoes. Join me and let’s jump around.

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