Cristiano Ronaldo

Each week, millions of dollars change hands between clubs and players, fans and ticket offices, and sponsors and clubs. Professional football does indeed live up to the capitalist ideal, that if there is money to be made, someone will find a way to make it. While money is involved in almost every aspect of the game, there are a few specific areas where the influence is especially strong: In most beautiful stadium in the world naming rights, jersey sponsorship deals, and player transfer fees and sponsorships. With money comes the high wages for the players, staff and managers, so here are top 10 highest paid footballer in the world.

Top 10 Highest Paid Footballer In The World

1. Lionel Messi

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for both Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is also the captain of Barcelona and Argentina national team.

Well with $126million in salary and endorsements over the past 12 months, he is highest paid footballer in the world. Lionel Messi first joined forces with Adidas began back in 2006. He also comes under top 10 highest paid athletes.

In February 2017, this relationship turned into a lifelong commitment when Messi signed a lifetime deal with the brand. As per media reports, the deal fetches Messi Β£18 million every year. he has a sponsorship deal with Pepsi.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Lionel Messi$126millionBarcelonaArgentina

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team, He also comes under top ten highest paid athletes.

With $117m in salary and endorsement he is 2nd highest paid footballer in the world. More than 40% of that income $44 million was from endorsement deals with companies like Tag Heuer, Clear Haircare, and Nike.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Cristiano Ronaldo$117millionJuventusPortugal

3. Neymar

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Neymar

Neymar JΓΊnior is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.

With $96m in salary and endorsement he is 3rd highest paid footballer in the world. Neymar signed with Puma last September. The deal is valued by Forbes at €25 million per year, making it the biggest individual sports sponsorship contract in history.

The 222 million euro transfer of Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August 2017 is the all-time highest fee for a soccer transfer.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Neymar$96millionParis Saint-GermainBrazil

4. Kylian Mbappe

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. He is known for his dribbling, explosive speed, and clinical finishing.

With $42m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. He signed for league rivals Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan, which was made permanent in 2018 in a transfer worth €180 million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager.

Nike has been the official Sponsor for Mbappe ever since his breakthrough into senior football. The youngster launch his own personalized boots aged 18.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Kylian Mbappe$42millionParis Saint-GermainFrance

5. Mohamed Salah

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and he plays in most beautiful stadium in the world and also captains the Egypt national team. He is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.

With $37m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. Adidas made Mohamed Salah the face of their iconic 1970s-born Adicolor line of sport and streetwear in a campaign launched in 2019. He also has an endorsement and sponsorship deal with Vodafone Egypt, Falken Tires, and Uber.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Mohamed Salah$37millionLiverpoolEgypt

6. Paul Pogba

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder and as a defensive midfielder.

With $34m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. Paul Pogba has a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Adidas.

He wears Adidas Predator football boots which he has promoted in commercials.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Paul Pogba$34millionManchester UnitedFrance

7. Antoine Griezmann

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the France national team. He operates in false no. 9 position, which is suitable for his style of game.

With $33m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. Griezmann is long-sponsored by footwear maker Puma and Chinese tech giant Huawei.

The French football signed as a brand ambassador for the American shampoo company Head and Shoulders in March 2017. He appeared in many adverts for the same as well.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Antoine Griezmann$33millionBarcelonaFrance

8. Gareth Bale

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid of La Liga, and the Captain of Welsh national team.

With $29m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. Gareth Bale has a sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Adidas. Bale also has signed sponsorship with companies like Nissan Motor, Konami and Foot Locker.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Gareth Bale$29millionReal MadridWales

9. Robert Lewandowski

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and he plays in most beautiful stadium in the world, he is also the captain of the Poland national team.

With $28m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. Robert Lewandowski has endorsed brands like Nike, Huawei, Opel, EA Sports in the past and currently endorses CoverGirl and sports drink brand Oshee.

Name SalaryClubCountry
Robert Lewandowski$28millionBayern MunichPoland

10. David De Gea

Highest Paid Footballer In The World
David De Gea

David de Gea is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester United and the Spain national team. He is also considered as one of the best goalkeeper in the world.

With $27m in salary and endorsement he is one highest paid footballer in the world. David de Gea has endorsed brands like Adidas, Pepsi and EA Sports.

Name SalaryClubCountry
David de Gea$27millionManchester UnitedSpain

There are 2 soccer players who come under top 10 highest paid athletes in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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