Perhaps making Kylian Mbappé the highest-paid player in the world was what it required for Paris Saint-Germain to re-sign him this past summer.
Forbes' Justin Birnbaum reported Friday the French forward makes $110 million annually from his salary and another $18 million in off-field endorsements. Mbappé's $128 million in overall earnings narrowly surpasses that of PSG teammate Lionel Messi, who hauls in $120 million.
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo ($100 million), PSG's Neymar ($87 million) and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah ($53 million) round out the top five.
The saga around Mbappé's future was one of the biggest stories in world football ahead of the 2022-23 season.