The 25 Highest-Paid Footballers in the World

The 25 Highest Paid Footballers

The 25 Highest-Paid Footballers

With football fever spreading thanks to the World Cup, the players are rightfully in the spotlight. But that bright light widens enough to shine on the incredible amounts of money flowing through global football, too.

For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA, football’s global governing body, reported revenue of $4.8 billion. Its profit for that four-year cycle: $2.6 billion. And that just covers the international competition.

In 2018, FIFA will award $400 million to the 32 teams in the World Cup, with the winning team earning $38 million. Some of that money will trickle down to the players. However, most players make the bulk of their money outside of their national teams.

The 25 Highest-Paid Footballers

Pinning down exact income can be tricky. Generally, players earn salaries and bonuses from their club teams and from team performance, and they often earn money from endorsements. There are, however, gray areas in terms of salary reporting. Final numbers can be unclear, as can bonuses. The figures here also dependent on currency conversion rates at the time of publication.

This list is based on the best available information from Forbes and other sources surrounding some of the world’s best football players, and how much they’re being paid in salary and bonuses in 2018.

Top 20 Footballers With Highest Salary In 2017-18 Season
1 Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £365,000 after tax £17.5 million after tax
2 Lionel Messi salaryLionel Messi (FC Barcelona) £350,000 after tax £16.8 million after tax
3 NeymarNeymar (PSG) £600,000 £28.8 million
4 oscar-salaryOscar (Shanghai SIPG) £375,000 £18 million
5 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) £350,000 £16.8 million
6 Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) £350,000 £16.8 million
7 gareth bale salaryGareth Bale (Real Madrid) £320,000 £15.3 million
8 HulkHulk (Shanghai SIPG) £320,000 £15.3 million
9 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) £300,000 £14.4 million
10 suarezLuis Suarez (Barcelona) £290,000 £13.9 million
11 Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China Fortune) £290,000 £13.9 million
12 Paul PogbaPaul Pogba (Manchester United) £290,000 £13.9 million
13 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) £290,000 £13.9 million
14 PellePelle (Shandong Luneng Taishan) £260,000 £12.5 million
15 Sergio AgueroSergio Aguero (Man City) £260,000 £12.5 million
16 David Da Gea SalaryDavid De Gea (ManUtd) – New 5 year deal £250,000 £12 million
16 David SilvaDavid Silva (Man City) £250,000 £12 million
17 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) £220,000 £10.5 million
18 Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) £220,000 £10.5 million
19 Zlatan IbrahimovicZlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) £220,000 £10.5 million
20 Yaya ToureYaya Toure (Man City) £220,000 £10.5 million
21 Ramirez (Jiangsu Suning) £220,000 £10.5 million
22 Jackson Martinez (Guangzhou) £210,000 £10 million
23 Alexis Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning) £210,000 £10 million
25 Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) £200,000 £9.6 million
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Only Messi and Ronaldo are paid “after tax” salaries apart from them all players have normal before tax contracts. These salary numbers also include some performance claused bonuses and incentives and real salaries might be lower that what are quoted in the media.

When Ronaldo signed this deal Barcelona also facilitated Messi with a new financially improved contract back in 2014 which will keep the star at Camp Nou till 2018. His new contract will earn him as much as £275,000 a week after tax. That is €20 million a year (£14.5 million) and this is after tax numbers making him second highest paid player in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo. These two are in league of their own both on the pitch and off it as well. They have highly lucrative endorsement deals almost doubling their yearly incomes.

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Source : workandmoney