From $43M to $120M, Kylian Mbappé became the highest-paid athlete age 25 and under for 2023

Abu Mubarik January 02, 2024
Kylian Mbappe. Photo credit: Кирилл Венедиктов via Wikimedia commons

Kylian Mbappe is an athlete who plays for the French national team and French League 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. In 2020, he debuted on Forbes’ list of highest-paid football players in the world.

In 2023, he became the highest-paid player age 25 and under, as per Forbes. According to the platform, he makes $100 million on the field and $20 million off the field. After first appearing on the list of highest-paid athletes as a 21-year-old in 2020, his earnings rose from $43 million on the 2022 list to $120 million, enabling him to enter into the top ten for the first time, Forbes said.

With an estimated $100 million from his playing salary and bonuses, he is the highest-paid athlete on the field in any team sport, the magazine wrote, adding that only two golfers—Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, who received huge upfront payments to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour—beat his on-field number in 2023.

Mbappe, who has endorsement deals with Nike, Dior and the sports game Sorare, was born in 1998 in Paris and was raised in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis. His father, Wilfried, is from Cameroon while his mother, Fayza Lamari, is of Algerian origin, and migrated to France.

Mbappe was trained to be a professional football player by his father at AS Bondy where his father managed the club. He later moved to the French side Clairefontaine academy and started attracting a lot of French and non-French teams due to his extraordinary talent.

He left Clairefontaine Academy to play for Chelsea’s Under 11s team. He later moved to A.S Monaco. He became the youngest player to play for A.S. Monaco and helped the team to win the Ligue 1 league title in the 2016/2017 season along with the Coupe de France title.

In 2017, he was signed by PSG and went on to help the Paris club to win the league title. He made his French Senior side at the age of 18 during the Russia 2018 World Cup. In 2018, he was named the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: January 2, 2024

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