For the top athletes in the world, the World Cup provides a platform. The men’s team of the United States generated a surge of energy when they qualified for this year’s event and advanced to the knockout round. Soccer currently trails the main American sports in terms of popularity, despite its ongoing rise.
The majority of casual American fans could probably still name a few NBA, NFL, or MLB players if you asked them to. But even if you gave them a photo of the highest-paid soccer player in the world at this year’s World Cup, they probably still wouldn’t be able to name him.
No, it’s not Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that he just signed a MASSIVE contract with Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr. It’s Kylian Mbappé, who at the time of the FIFA World Cup 2022 was only 23 years old.
Mbappé is estimated to earn $128 million this season thanks to his $110 million contract salary and a portion of his signing bonus from Paris Saint-Germain.
The second and third top earners at the World Cup this year, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, respectively, will each make $8 million more than that this year and $28 million more than Ronaldo.
However, he has a huge list of endorsements as well. Among his many brand partners are Mbappé’s partners Nike, Dior, Panini, and Oakley. Following this year’s remarkable performance, he’ll probably add a few more businesses to that list.
Mbappé may become much more well-known thanks to his continuously excellent performance. Mbappé has excelled this year after becoming only the second teenager to score in a World Cup Final as part of France’s 2018 success.
He has contributed to more than half of France’s goals and, as of this writing, leads all scorers in the 2022 World Cup. In the interim, he has received numerous individual awards and assisted Paris Saint-Germain in winning numerous Ligue 1 and Coupe de France titles.
Additionally, he served as the model for the FIFA 21 video game cover by EA Sports. We may easily see Mbappé on another cover in the future because EA Sports frequently uses various sportsmen for its covers but has also been known to double dip.
Mbappé will continue to rule the sport in the interim while residing in relative obscurity in the United States. After all, it might not persist for very long.
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