15 highest paid footballers in the world

15 highest paid footballers in the world

Football is an exponential evolution that generates an impressive outburst of remunerations for the green rectangle actors. Over the years, it has continued to grow financially, thus creating more and more income. The highest-paid footballers are some of the highest-earning individuals around the world.

15 highest paid footballers in the world

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Football is ranked not only as one of the most popular sports but also one of the richest across the world. The amount of money which is involved in the FIFA World Cup, as well as other popular leagues such as the English Premier League, is likely to exceed almost all the different sports. The highest-paid footballers make more money than most of the other individuals at the global level.

15 highest paid footballers in the world

Here are the top 15 paid footballers:

1. Lionel Messi

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Who is the highest-paid player in the world 2020? Lionel Messi has for a very long time now continued to reign on the pitch as well as financially. The Argentinian greatest player of all time is the highest-paid football player in the world.

The forward player also serves as the captain for the Argentina national team and Spanish club Barcelona. He has been playing for the Barcelona club throughout his entire professional career in this sport.

  • Club: Barcelona
  • Salary and bonus: $84 million
  • Endorsements: $27 million
  • Total earnings: $111 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo takes second place among the highest-paid footballers. The Italian club Juventus forward-player holds the highest-paid footballers' endorsements valued at $47 million. Ronaldo also serves as the captain of the Portugal national team.

As of 2020, Cristiano had gained more than 27 trophies with a record-tying five Ballon d’Or award. Ronaldo’s career goals for both his club as well as his country are more than 690.

  • Club: Juventus
  • Salary and bonus: $61 million
  • Endorsements: $47 million
  • Total earnings: $108 million

3. Neymar

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Neymar, the Brazilian footballer who serves as the forward player for the French club, Paris Saint Germain as well as the Brazil national team, is one of the highest-paid footballers, Forbes. He has gained massive awards and accomplishments over his career as a professional footballer.

Neymar played a significant role in helping the Santos to win successive Campeonato Paulista championships moreso the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores in 2011.

  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Salary and bonus: $73 million
  • Endorsements: $17 million
  • Total earnings: $90 million

4. Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale takes the fourth position of the top paid footballers in the world. He plays as a winger for the Spanish club Real Madrid and Welsh national team. He is the highest goal scorer of all-time at the Welsh national organisation with a record of 31 international goals so far.

Gareth has been named as the Welsh Footballer of the Year for a total of six times so far.

  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Salary and bonus: $28.6 million
  • Endorsements: $6 million
  • Total earnings: $34.6 million

5. Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba is a French footballer, who ranks as one of the highest-paid footballers in EPL. Pogba plays as the central midfielder for the Manchester United Premier League Club. He also plays in other positions such as attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder and the deep-lying playmaker.

At the beginning of his career, Pogba played for the Manchester United team for one year between 2011 and 2012. Towards the end of 2012, he signed a 4-year deal with Italian club Juventus until 2016. Pogba renewed his contract with the team thus tying him to 2009. On 8th August 2016, Pogba signed a 5-year deal with the Manchester United team. He has a ten years contract with Adidas as well.

  • Club: Manchester United
  • Salary and bonus: $25 million
  • Endorsements: $4.5 million
  • Total earnings: $29.5 million

6. Oscar

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Oscar is one of the highest-paid footballers in china. The Brazilian footballer began his senior career with Sao Paulo team in 2008, where he played for two years. Oscar plays as the attacking midfielder for the Chinese super league team Shanghai SIPG, and the Brazil national team.

He has played for several teams such as Chelsea, Internacional, San Paulo U17, San Paulo and Shanghai SIPG.

  • Club: Shanghai SIPG
  • Salary and bonus: $25.9 million
  • Endorsements: $1.5 million
  • Total earnings: $27.4 million

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7. Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney is not only the most popular English football player but also one of the highest-paid footballers in England. Apart from topping England's all-time goal scorer list, Rooney is also the player who has received the most red-cards for England.

Wayne Rooney has played several midfield roles during his senior career for teams such as Everton, Manchester United, Everton Youth, and Everton U18. Currently, Wayne is the forward player for the Major League Soccer club D.C United.

  • Club: D.C United
  • Salary and bonus: $22 million
  • Endorsements: $5million
  • Total earnings: $27 million

8. Luis Suarez

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Barcelona is not only one of the wealthiest sports teams across the globe ranking at 8th position, but it has some of the highest-paid footballers 2020. Luiz Suarez, the Uruguayan football player who also serves as the Uruguayan national team striker, ranks in position eight on the list of the highest-paid players in the world.

Throughout his career, he has won 17 trophies and has scored more than 400 goals both at the international and league matches. Some of the other clubs Luis Suarez has played for are Liverpool, Ajax, Groningen, Nacional and Nacional U19.

  • Club: Barcelona
  • Salary and bonus: $19.9 million
  • Endorsements: $7 million
  • Total earnings: $26.9 million

9. Sergio Aguero

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Sergio Aguero is one of the highest-paid footballers per week standing at position nine. The Manchester City's striker is an Argentine footballer who is ranked as the City's most top goal-scorer of all time. In 2003, when he was only 15 years old, he debuted in the Argentine Primera Division as the youngest player. Sergio also plays for the Argentine national team.

Initially, Sergio Aguero played for teams such as Atletico Madrid before joining Manchester City.

  • Club: Manchester City
  • Salary and bonus: $17 million
  • Endorsements: $6.5 million
  • Total earnings: $23.5 million

10. Angel Di Maria

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Angel Di Maria is ranked as one of the top paid footballers in the world. He serves as the attacking midfielder or as a winger for both the Paris Saint-Germain and Argentine national team. Angel Di Maria made history in 2008 after scoring the goal which enabled the country to become the winner of the 2008 Olympics. Since then, Angel has garnered more than 90 caps for his country.

Angel Di Maria has been transferred to several teams right from the beginning of his senior career. He has played for clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica, CA Rosario and CA Rosario U19.

  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Salary and bonus: $20.6 million
  • Endorsements: $2 million
  • Total earnings: $22.6 million

11. Kylian Mbappe

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Kylian Mbappe is one of the highest-paid footballers, who plays as the forward footballer for the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentine national team. Kylian was ranked by the Centre of the International Sports Studies (CIES) as the world’s most expensive player due to his high transfer value.

From the beginning of his professional career, he has played for other teams such as Monaco B.

  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Salary and bonus: $20 million
  • Endorsements: $1.5 million
  • Total earnings: $22.5 million

12. Thiago Silva

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Thiago Silva takes position five in the list of the highest-paid footballers in the world. Silva plays as the central defender for the Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. Silva’s professional career kick-started after winning the 2010-2011 Series A Seasons with the AC Milan. After this victory, he was transferred from the AC Milan to PSG at a value of $46.9 million.

The transfer from AC Millan to Paris Saint-Germain made him the 2nd most expensive defender in history after Rio Ferdinand. Thiago Silva has played for other clubs such as Fluminense, Dinamo Moscow, FC Porto, Juventude, and RS Futebol.

  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Salary and bonus: $ 21.4 million
  • Endorsements: $1 million
  • Total earnings: $22.4 million

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13. James Rodriguez

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James Rodriguez plays as the winger or attacking midfielder for the German team Bayern Munich and Colombian national team. Rodriguez began his professional career as a Colombian football player in Envigado where he played for two years before transferring to Banfield to another two years.

Some of the other teams which he has played for are Porto, Monaco B, and Real Madrid.

  • Club: Bayern Munich
  • Salary and bonus: $16.8 million
  • Endorsements: $5.3 million
  • Total earnings: $22.1million

14. Graziano Pelle

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Graziano Pelle is an Italian football player who serves as the striker for the Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng and Italy national team. He is one of the highest-paid footballers in china and the 14th in the entire world. Graziano started his professional career in 2004 with the Lecce football club.

Some of the teams in which he has played for include, Southampton, Feyenoord, Parma, Sampdoria, AZ Alkmaar, Cesena, Catania, Crotone, and Lecce Under19.

  • Club: Shandong Luneng
  • Salary and bonus: $21.1 million
  • Endorsements: $1 million
  • Total earnings: $22.1 million

15. Hulk

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Completing the list of the highest-paid footballers in the world at number 15 is Chinese Super League player Hulk. Hulk plays as the winger and forward player for the Shanghai SIPG. Hulk started his professional career in 2004 as a player for the Vitoria team. Some of the other clubs he has played for are Porto and FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

  • Club: Shanghai SIPG
  • Salary and bonus: $21 million
  • Endorsements: $1 million
  • Total earnings: $22 million

It might come as a surprise to learn how much some of your favourite footballers earn in salaries, endorsements, and bonuses. The time spent on the pitch is quite rewarding for most if not all of them. Did your favorite player make it to the list of the top 15 highest paid footballers?

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