Kylian Mbappe, 24, a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captain of the French national team, is the third highest-paid athlete in the world, earning $120 million per year. According to a recently updated Forbes list, the soccer player made his debut between May 1, 2022 and May 1, 2023.
For the 12 months leading up to May 1, 2023, the star footballer earned an estimated $20 million from off-field sources such as sponsorships, appearance fees, and licensing money, cementing his position as the world’s third highest-paid athlete.
Only Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo made more than he did, earning $136 million and $130 million, respectively.
Kylian Mbappe was born in Paris on December 20, 1998, to Fayza Lamari and Wilfred Mbappe, a French-Cameroonian coach and agent. He made headlines in the football world when he signed for Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 18 in 2017, becoming the club’s second-most expensive player and the most expensive young player in history with a €180 million transfer fee.
Within a year, he rose from 35th to third place on the list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Mbappe also has the highest-paying salary in football, according to Billionaires Africa, with a monthly remuneration of €4 million and a signing-on figure of around €100 million.
He presently holds one World Cup championship and will compete in another World Cup Final in 2022. In June, Forbes named him the first player ambassador for Sorare, a cryptocurrency-based fantasy game.
According to Forbes, basketball great LeBron James came in fourth place after the PSG star.