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Top Paid Players in Ligue 1 in 2021

Check out here the list of the top five paid players in the ligue 1. Some of Ligue 1's highest-paid footballers are also regarded as world-beaters.

Last updated: 21.09.2021
Top Paid Players in Ligue 1 in 2021

Ligue 1 is home to a plethora of very skilled players. While the league is recognized for nurturing new talent, it also has a number of world-class players. The bulk of these talents are compensated well, as one would expect. Some of Ligue 1's highest-paid footballers are also regarded as world-beaters. PSG went on a buying frenzy this summer, bringing in players such as Hakimi, Wijnaldum, Donnarumma, Ramos, and, last but not least, the legendary Leo Messi. While three of these players were free moves, PSG made a significant investment in their signing-on fees and annual salary. 

The five highest-paid players in Ligue 1 is listed below:






Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain




Paris Saint-Germain



Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain



Sergio Ramos

Paris Saint-Germain




Paris Saint-Germain



No football fan will ever get used to seeing Lionel Messi in a shirt other than the one he wears for Barcelona and Argentina. Messi and Barcelona were a footballing combination made in heaven. Messi's contract with PSG has a few estimates floating about, but it's said to be worth roughly €41 million per year in salaries plus a big bonus if PSG wins the Champions League. In 2021, he will be the best paid Ligue 1 player, which is exactly what the little genius deserves.

Neymar follows Lionel Messi in the list of highest-paid. Prior to Messi, the Brazil international was the highest-paid player in Ligue 1 and at Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar joined PSG from FC Barcelona in 2017 for a world-record €222 million transfer price. He will now make a whopping €36.8 million per year after his contract with the French giants was recently renewed.

Kylian Mbappe, who will be one of the best paid Ligue 1 players in 2021, now makes about €25 million per year. The signing of the Frenchman was the world's second most expensive move, costing about €145 million. In only 160 appearances for the French club, the 22-year-old has already scored over 120 goals. Mbappe has opted to finish his contract and see what effect Leo Messi's continued presence at the club would have.

Sergio Ramos, who joined PSG from Real Madrid as a free agent follows Mbappe in the list. This involves paying a large sum in both signing fees and salary for a 35-year-old defender. Sergio Ramos has a weekly income of about €405,000. The fifth-highest paid Ligue 1 player is Marquinhos. PSG paid €31.40 million for the center-back when he was 19 years old. Since joining the club from AS Roma, Marquinhos has made over 300 appearances. With Leo Messi and Sergio Ramos both at PSG, Marquinhos' role to instill unity in such a star-studded group appears to be more vital than ever. In terms of pay, the Brazilian is well paid with an annual salary of €15 million, which equates to about €288,000 in weekly earnings.

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