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How much do PSG's players earn? Messi, Neymar, Mbappé...

We take a look at the top 10 earners in the Paris Saint-Germain squad following the Ligue 1 club's capture of Lionel Messi on a free transfer.

Soccer Football - Lionel Messi Press Conference after signing for Paris St Germain - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - August 11, 2021 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi poses with a shirt on the pitch after the press conference REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnie

Former Barcelona star Lionel Messi has, unsurprisingly, gone into the top bracket of earners in the Paris Saint-Germain squad after joining the Ligue 1 club on a free transfer.

Messi signed an initial two-year deal at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, following Barça’s announcement last week that LaLiga’s financial-fair-play regulations prevented them from renewing the 34-year-old’s contract at the Camp Nou, despite player and club agreeing the terms of an extension.

Messi given reported PSG salary of 35 to 40 million euros gross

According to reports in the French media, Messi has been handed a pre-tax annual salary of between 35 and 40 million euros in Paris, placing the Argentina star on the same pay scale as Neymar, who is thought to pocket a yearly wage of about 36 million euros gross at PSG.

Messi’s new salary in France - which, clearly, will also include a series of performance-based bonuses - is approximately what he would have got had he renewed at Barça, as the forward had agreed a 35-million-euro wage with the Blaugrana before his new contract fell through.

However, it’s far less than what he earned as part of his most recent contract at Barça, which ran out on 1 July. That deal gave ‘La Pulga’ a basic wage estimated at 71 million euros gross, an amount potentially doubled by bonuses. According to contract details leaked by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in January, Messi’s total Barça salary, including add-ons, went as high as 138 million euros per season.

Messi and Neymar, seen here during their time together at Barcelona, are the top two earners in the PSG squad.
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Messi and Neymar, seen here during their time together at Barcelona, are the top two earners in the PSG squad.Albert GeaREUTERS

Also among PSG's top 10 earners: Mbappé, Sergio Ramos...

On the rung below Messi and Neymar is fellow striker Kylian Mbappé, whose salary is widely reported to be in the region of 25 million euros before tax. Mbappé, who is out of contract in summer 2022, stands to receive a significant pay rise if he renews his contract at PSG, with various reports placing that new annual figure at anywhere between 30 million euros gross and a whopping 50 million euros net. However, the World Cup winner has so far stalled on committing to the Parisians, amid interest from Real Madrid, who have identified the 22-year-old as their top transfer target.

In more or less the same pay bracket to Mbappé are new PSG arrivals Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum, whose annual pre-tax salaries are estimated to be around the 20-million-euro mark, some five million euros higher than the figure of around 15 million euros paid to Marquinhos and Marco Verratti.

PSG’s top 10 earners are completed by Gianluigi Donnarumma - who is to earn a reported seven million euros after tax (roughly 14 million gross) after signing on a free in July from AC Milan - and fellow goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose yearly wage is reported to be around 12 million euros gross.

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Di María pay has dropped as part of recent PSG renewal

Until recently, winger Ángel di María’s contract included a salary widely quoted at approximately 13 million euros gross - slightly higher than Navas' - but L’Équipe has reported that the Argentine now receives a lower amount, as the initial one-year extension he signed in March this year includes a pay cut.