Salah Only African Footballer On Forbes 100 Highest-Paid Athletes

Mohamed Salah is 34th on the Forbes list. Photo by Ismail Kezaala.

Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the only African Footballer on Forbes annual rankings of the “World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes” of the year 2020.

Salah ranks 34th overall among all sportsmen and he is ranked fourth among footballers behind Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The list takes into account prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements, royalties and appearance fees from June 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020.

Forbes’ report revealed that the Egyptian’s earnings consist of his $23.1m salary and $12m that he takes in via endorsements.

Tennis’ Roger Federer (Switzerland) tops the overall list.

Salah’s sponsors include Adidas, DHL International, Electronic Arts, ExxonMobil and Vodafone-USD.

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Mo Salah against Uganda Cranes in 2019 AFCON. Courtesy

An excerpt of Mo Salah from Forbes:

  • Salah signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in July 2018 that is heavily incentivized for his performance.
  • He was the club’s top goal scorer in both Premier League and Champions League competitions for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
  • The so-called Egyptian King helped propel his club to a second consecutive UEFA Champions League Final in 2019.
  • Adidas made Salah the face of its iconic 1970s-born Adicolor line of sportswear and had him appear to walk on water in a 2019 ad campaign.
  • The Reds fans celebrate him by singing “If he scores another few then I’ll be Muslim too”; he is credited for reducing Islamophobia in Liverpool.

More NBA players make the list than any other sport.

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Top 10 overall

  1. Roger Federer (tennis): $106.3 million
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer): $105 million
  3. Lionel Messi (soccer): $104 million
  4. Neymar (soccer): $95.5 million
  5. LeBron James (basketball): $88.2 million
  6. Stephen Curry (basketball): $74.4 million
  7. Kevin Durant (basketball): $63.9 million
  8. Tiger Woods (golf): $62.3 million
  9. Kirk Cousins (NFL): $60.5 million
  10. Carson Wentz (NFL): $59.1 million


  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $105m (2nd overall)
  2. Lionel Messi – $104m (3rd overall)
  3. Neymar – $95.5m (4th overall)
  4. Mo Salah – $35.1m (34th overall)
  5. Kylian Mbappe – $33.8m (36th overall)
  6. Andreas Iniesta – $29.6m (46th overall)
  7. Mesut Ozil – $28.7m (49th overall)
  8. Paul Pogba – $28.5m (50th overall)
  9. Oscar – $27.5m (56th overall)
  10. Antoine Griezmann – $26.7m (60th overall)



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