Where Mohamed Salah ranks among the highest paid as Liverpool’s contract position is highlighted

If a positive conclusion is reached between Liverpool and Mohamed Salah on an extended deal with the Reds, the Egyptian would undoubtedly become the highest paid player in the club’s history.

Salah, who turns 30 next month, has one year left on his current deal at Anfield, and after what was a remarkable stint with the Reds where he led their success both domestically and internationally, a period where he’s catapulted himself into one of the very best players in world football, it’s hard to say he deserves a pay rise.

It remains to be seen how much of a pay rise would be needed and whether Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are willing to break their carefully balanced salary structure, but the two sides remain in dialogue and hope remains that Salah will sign a new contract. new deal, following Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who did the same a fortnight ago.

Salah is the only Liverpool player to feature in the list of the 100 highest paid athletes in the world, compiled by the American sports company website Sportico, a list which includes both the salaries received from the teams as well as the sponsorships that players bring outside of football. club.

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On Sportico’s list, Salah ranks 57th with a combined income of £27.6m ($34.2m). That income, according to information from Sportico, is £16.3m ($20.2m) from his salary at Liverpool and £11.3m ($14). m) from endorsements. Companies such as Adidas, Pepsi, Uber, Vodafone and Oppo all have endorsement deals with Salah, who fell 12 spots from 45 on the list last year.

Salah, through his positioning as an icon of African and Muslim football, has huge appeal for companies looking to market products globally. His association with a globally recognized brand like Liverpool and the success he has enjoyed at Anfield have helped him increase his stock massively since joining the club from AS Roma in 2017. It has helped him earn more in endorsements as all but four players on the roster; Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jnr and Kylian Mbappé. The top three appear at two, three and four on the Top 100 list.

Salah’s salary is higher than that of only two athletes who play team sports in the top 100 list; cricketer Virat Kohli and Dallas Cowboys NFL star Dak Prescott. But due to the nature of his endorsements, he sits above Manchester City duo Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the list in terms of total annual income, as well as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Arsenal’s Antoine Griezmann. Atlético Madrid. Among the 11 footballers on the list, Salah, who was selected as Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association last week, earns the lowest salary, according to Sportico.

The bulk of the roster was made up of athletes from American sports, with basketball, American football and baseball all featuring heavily.

At the top of the pile was some distance away Los Angeles Lakers NBA star and shareholder of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group LeBron James, whose $37.9 million salary and $90 million endorsements dollars took him away from Paris Saint-Germain’s Messi in second place. James has a number of endorsements including a lifetime contract with Liverpool kit supplier Nike, a deal in which he will work with the US sportswear giant to help produce a range of clothing and style clothing from Liverpool/Nike life. Last year, James, who is slated to lead a FSG-owned NBA team potentially in Las Vegas when he retires, was fifth on the list.

The basketball icon, 37, has forged closer ties with Liverpool and FSG over the past 12 months, with FSG investing in the SpringHill Entertainment business of James and his business partner Maverick Carter, bringing in James and Carter in FSG as a full partner. James has also forged close ties with FSG’s 11% shareholder RedBird Capital Partners, with the New York-based investment fund also investing in SpringHill alongside FSG last year.

Non-team sports to make the list were golf, Formula 1, tennis, martial arts and boxing, with the likes of Tyson Fury, Serena Williams, Rory McIlroy, Lewis Hamilton and Conor McGregor.

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