The football world as we all know is one of the most lucrative career in the world. Footballers who get into the system usually get to make it rich in life as their wages are huge sums of money.
The top 10 highest paid footballers in the world are players who earns the highest amount of money in football. Players who make it to the top 10 list are ones who are good in the sport and also smart in the dealings that comes with it.
French super start Kylian Mbappe has moved up the ranks after proving himself to be one of the best football player in the world. Only 4 Premier League stars got to be in the top 10 as Gareth Bale who just moved to Tottenham became the fourth man.
The top 10 highest earning football stars;
10 David de Gea (Man United)
Annual earnings – $27 million
The Manchester united shot stopper is the highest earning goalkeeper in the world with his annual salary of $24m. The Spaniard has been with the red devils since 2011 and has made over 400 appearances for the club.
9 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Annual earnings – $28 million
Robert Lewandowski bags an annual salary of $24 million in his current contract with Bayern Munich, also bagging $4 million from endorsement deals. The Polish striker who won the FIFA men’s player of the year 2020 was also favorite to win the Ballon d’Or before it was canceled due to the corona virus pandemic.
8 Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Annual earnings – $29 million
Gareth Bale who was once the most expensive player in the world has now moved back on-loan to his form club Tottenham. He fell out of favour with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, but he is still one of football’s top earners.
7 Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
Annual earnings – $33 million
Antoine Griezmann, who finally moved to Barcelona in 2019 in a record 5th most expensive transfer in history had a disappointing debut season. The French man earns $28 million annually for his service to Barcelona, also earning $5 million from his endorsement deals.
6 Paul Pogba (Man united)
Annual earnings – $24 million
Manchester united record signing Paul Pogba is one of the top earners in the football world, his current contract with the red devils sees him earns $28 million annually.
5 Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
Annual earnings – $37 million
Mohammed Salah who has been a key player to Liverpool’s success over the recent years is rewarded for his heroics with a contract that sees him earns $28 million annually. The Egyptian moved to Liverpool from Roma in 2017 and has scored over 100 goals for the reds.
4 Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Annual earnings – $42 million
The French player who has being tipped to take over the football world after the reigns of Ronaldo and Messi has moved up the ranks. He has scored over 100 goals since joining PSG in 2018, also winning the Ligue 1 golden boot twice in a row.
3 Neymar Jr (PSG)
Annual earnings – $96 million
Neymar is the most expensive player in football’s history after joining PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a record fee of $263 million. The 28 years old Brazilian is the third highest paid player in the world.
2 Christiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Annual earnings – $117 million
Football’s superstar, Ronaldo is the most popular and most followed sportsperson in the world, but he is the second highest earning footballer in the world. The Portuguese star bags $117 million annually from his current contract with Juventus and also earns from his own brand, CR7 and other sponsors like Nike and Herbalife.
1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Annual earnings – $126 million
Lionel Messi is the most highest earning football player in the world, bagging $126 million annually. The Argentine has demanded an exit last summer with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.