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The 10 Highest-Paid Players Over Past Year, African Superstar Features

The 10 best-paid footballers of the past year have seemingly been revealed, with only one African superstar featuring among the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi!

Click through the gallery above to see the highest-paid footballers over the past year, according to Sportico!

The global pandemic caused major economic issues around the world, but the salaries and sponsorship deals for some of the biggest names in world football did not appear all that affected.

In a recently published list of the 100 best-paid athletes in the past year, Sportico revealed just how much in total the most high-profile footballers in the world earned in salaries, winnings and endorsements.

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has reportedly earned about $36.1 million (R497 million) altogether, and is the only African player to feature among the esteemed top 10.

It may come as a slight surprise to see former Barcelona midfielder and captain Andres Iniesta in the group, with the ex-Spain international currently one place above Salah.

The 37-year-old will reportedly be paid about $39 million (R537 million) in this calendar year playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan, whom he joined in 2018 after 16 remarkable years in the Blaugrana's first team.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba is the only other Premier League-based player in the top 10, with Gareth Bale set to return to Real Madrid ahead of the 2021/22 campaign following a season-long loan at Tottenham Hotspur.

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The usual superstar names, such as Mbappe, Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi, feature further up the list, but who else is among the sport's biggest earners? See the full top 10 with the subsequent salary information in the gallery above!

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