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Mo Salah 5th in Forbes Highest-Paid Football Players for 2020

Tue 15 Sep 2020 | 12:54 PM
Mohammad Elzoheiry

Forbes have released their list for the highest-paid football players in the world for 2020 - and it came with no big surprise, as 6-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo topped this year’s ranking once again.

PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe came in at third and fourth.

Coming in 5th is recently-crowned Premier League champion, the 28-year-old Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

"To compile our list, we spoke with clubs, players' agents, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe. All figures are converted to U.S. dollars and include soccer salaries for the 2020-21 season, bonuses and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings are pretax.", Forbes illustrated their methodology for the list.


Forbes' highest-paid footballers in 2020 list came as follows:

  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona):
  •            Total Earnings: $126 million

    Salary: $92 million | Endorsements: $34 million


    2-Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus):

                Total Earnings: $117 million

    Salary: $70 million | Endorsements: $47 million


    3-Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain):

             Total Earnings: $96 million

    Salary: $78 million | Endorsements: $18 million


    4-Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain):

              Total Earnings: $42 million

    Salary: $28 million | Endorsements: $14 million


    5-Mohamed Salah (Liverpool):

             Total Earnings: $37 million

    Salary: $24 million | Endorsements: $13 million


    6-Paul Pogba (Manchester United):

              Total Earnings: $34 million

    Salary: $28 million | Endorsements: $6 million


    7-Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona):

             Total Earnings: $33 million

    Salary: $28 million | Endorsements: $5 million


    8-Gareth Bale (Real Madrid):

              Total Earnings: $29 million

    Salary: $23 million | Endorsements: $6 million


    9-Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich):

             Total Earnings: $28 million

    Salary: $24 million | Endorsements: $4 million


    10-David De Gea (Manchester United):

          Total Earnings: $27 million

    Salary: $24 million | Endorsements: $3 million