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.
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||£365,000 after tax||£17.5 million after tax|
|2||Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)||£350,000 after tax||£16.8 million after tax|
|3||Neymar (PSG)||£600,000||£28.8 million|
|4||Oscar (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 (Real Madrid)||£320,000||£15.3 million|
|8||Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)||£320,000||£15.3 million|
|9||Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)||£300,000||£14.4 million|
|10||Luis Suarez (Barcelona)||£290,000||£13.9 million|
|11||Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China Fortune)||£290,000||£13.9 million|
|12||Paul Pogba (Manchester United)||£290,000||£13.9 million|
|13||Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)||£290,000||£13.9 million|
|14||Pelle (Shandong Luneng Taishan)||£260,000||£12.5 million|
|15||Sergio Aguero (Man City)||£260,000||£12.5 million|
|16||David De Gea (ManUtd) – New 5 year deal||£250,000||£12 million|
|16||David 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|
|20||Yaya 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|
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