Highest-paid soccer players 2022: Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe and the stars with the richest salary in football

Footballers salaries have been a source of fascination for decades, as the biggest stars on the planet have continued to command eye-watering wages as their fame and profile increases

As the game has continued to expand across a global stage, the superstars of Europe's big hitters have seen their bank balances rocket up, with annual records consistently broken

However, Forbes' 2022 list of the richest footballers on the planet shows the rise of the next generation of players, with Messi vs. Ronaldo nudged down the pecking order

2022 list of the richest footballers on the planet shows the rise of the next generation of players, with Messi vs. Ronaldo nudged down the pecking order

1. KYLIAN MBAPPE Full Name: Kylian Mbappe Lottin Country: France Club: Paris Saint-Germain Estimated Annual Income: $110m/£96m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $18m/£15.6m

2. LIONEL MESSI Full Name: Lionel Andres Messi Country: Argentina Club: Paris Saint-Germain Estimated Annual Income: $65m/£56.7m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings) $55m/£48m

3. CRISTIANO RONALDO Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro Country: Portugal Club: Manchester United Estimated Annual Income: $40m/£35m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $60m/£52.3m

4. NEYMAR JR. Full Name: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior Country: Brazil Club: Paris Saint-Germain Estimated Annual Income: $55m/£48m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $32m/£27.9m

5. MOHAMED SALAH Full Name: Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly Country: Egypt Club: Liverpool Estimated Annual Income: $35m/£30.5m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $18m/£15.7m

6. ERLING HAALAND Full Name: Erling Braut Haaland Country: Norway Club: Manchester City Estimated Annual Income: $35m/£30.5m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m

7. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI Full Name: Robert Lewandowski Country: Poland Club: Barcelona Estimated Annual Income: $27m/£23.5m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $8m/£7m

8. EDEN HAZARD Full Name: Eden Michael Hazard Country: Belgium Club: Real Madrid Estimated Annual Income: $27m/£23.5m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m

9. ANDRES INIESTA Full Name: Andres Iniesta Lujan Country: Spain Club: Vissel Kobe Estimated Annual Income: $25m/£21.8m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $5m/£4.4m

10. KEVIN DE BRUYNE Full Name: Kevin De Bruyne Country: Belgium Club: Manchester City Estimated Annual Income: $25m/£21.8m Estimated Additional Income (off-field earnings): $4m/£3.5m