Mohamed Salah is the world’s fifth highest-earning footballer when considering wages and overall income, according to a new report. The Liverpool star certainly does well for himself.
This comes from Forbes. They claim that Mohamed Salah is the fifth highest-earning football on the planet for 2021. That takes into account both his wages and commercial endorsements.
Forbes say they “spoke with clubs, players’ agents, commercial sponsors and worldwide soccer experts” to get the numbers, making it possibly the best-sourced list of income for elite players.
So what does Salah earn?
Mohamed Salah wages and income
Forbes claim Salah earned just under £30m ($41m) in 2021. Over £18m of that came through his wages from Liverpool, with another £11.5m through endorsements from outside the club.
That makes Salah the fifth highest-earning player. He’s marginally behind Kylian Mbappe’s £31m, who earns his money through a fairly identical split to the Egyptian.
But there is a gigantic jumps from fourth-placed Mbappe to third-placed Neymar. In fact, the Brazilian earns considerably more through his £54m Paris Saint-Germain wage than either Mbappe or Salah do in total.
Neymar then adds around another £15m in endorsements to reach a fairly spectacular £70m per year.
But he’s only third. Lionel Messi is next, taking home the same wage as Neymar but his endorsements are considerably higher at £25m.
As for first, it’s a Premier League player – Cristiano Ronaldo. He actually earns less in wages than Messi and Neymar (£50m) but his endorsements are worth a staggering £40m.
That means Ronaldo earns £10m more in endorsements alone than Salah does total. That’s quite the jump from the Premier League’s second best-paid player to the first.
Obviously, these are ridiculous amounts of money that we can barely fathom. But we’d rather see the mountains of cash in football go to the players than executives and owners – so all power to the players.