| Top 20 footballers
and their earnings
|The money earned
by footballers has become a hot topic in recent times and with that, majority
of football fans could name some of the top earners. However, how many of us
know the top earners for sure, and how much do they actually earn? Here we
countdown the top 20 in world football.
In 20th position we find
Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, the first of 5 players that play for
oil rich French club Paris Saint Germain, who according to
Find Betting Sites, earns a
reported $19,446,721.31 a year.
Closely following in 19th place is the
only African player in the top 20, Ivory Coast International Yaya Toure, who
plays his football for English side Manchester City and is rewarded with a
yearly salary of $19,546,448.09.
|Our next two
places are taken up by European stars from the Spanish La Liga in Frenchmen
Antoine Griezmann, who is currently wearing the red and white colours of
Athletico Madrid, and Gerard Pique, who plays for his hometown club in
FC Barcelona. Griezmanns salary of $19,646,174.86 is beaten by Pique by
over $1 million with a total of $20,743,169.40 for the Spaniard.
first player that is working outside of Europe comes next on the list, with a
contract almost as big as his ego, Zlatan Ibrahimovic currently plying
his trade in the Major League Soccer in USA. A reported yearly $20,942,622.95
goes some way to justify his self-confidence.
Another player plying
their trade outside Europe is next, Brazilian striker Hulk with his lucrative
deal of $21,939,890.71 in China with Shanghai SIPG earning him 15th place on
Another big payday in China was given to Graziano Pelle
in the form of a $22,039,617.49 yearly salary when he joined Shandong Luneng in
We go back to Europe for 13th position with Bayern Munichs
James Rodriguez. The Colombian is
currently on loan to the German club from Spanish side Real
Madrid, which could explain his appearance as the only Germany based player on
the list. The Spanish club will probably still be paying the bulk of his
$22,039,617.49 yearly salary.
The next 3 positions are filled by team
mates of Edinson Cavani at Paris Saint Germain as Thiago Silva,
Kylian Mbappe, and Angel Di Maria all earn around $22 million per
year at the French club. $100,000 separates each player with Silva in 12th,
Mbappe 11th and Di Maria sneaking into the top 10 with a $22,538,251.37
Earning around $100 an hour more than his compatriot is
Argentine Sergio Aguero who English side Manchester City are paying
$23,435,792.35 a year to their all-time top goal scorer.
In 8th place,
we move on to the second Uruguayan on the list in Luis Suarez, who is
earning $26,826,502.73 a year after his move to Barcelona from
Next we move on to the first British player to join the list
in Wayne Rooney, the ex-Manchester United and Everton player, who is currently
on the books of Major League Soccer side DC United, is being paid
$26,926,229.51 a season.
The highest paid player not playing in Europe
is in 6th place on the list with former Chelsea man Oscar being paid
$27,326,136.61 annually by Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG. The
Brazilian was one of the first big money foreign imports into the league in
|Entering the top 5, we have
Frenchman Paul Pogba, who is being paid a reported $29,419,398.91 an
hour after his return to Manchester United, the club that he left on a free
transfer at the age of 19.
The second and final British player on the
list comes in 4th place of our earnings list in Gareth Bale, who left
English side Tottenham Hotspur for Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2013, signing
a contract extension in 2016 to earn $34,505,464.48 a year.
was rocked by the huge transfer fee when Neymar Jr moved from Barcelona
to Paris Saint Germain for over $200 million, but even more eye watering is the
yearly salary of $89,754,098.36. This amount is more than double that of 3rd
place and shows the gulf between the top, top players and their rivals.
Although not as big as the gap between 3rd and 4th place, the next gap
to the top 2 is again huge. The top two places could go to no one else but
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have dominated football
headlines for years. Their rivalry goes beyond the pitch with many football
fans choosing one to follow as their GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and using many
facts to back up their claims. In terms of money, however, there can only be
one winner and this crown goes to the Argentine captain Messi. He earns a
reported $110,696,721.31 a year compared to $107,704,918.03 earned by his