Footballers earn a ton of money from different sources including their salaries and various endorsement deals they sign with brands. Messi and Ronaldo who have always been rivals bring their rivalry to this front as well.
For the second year in a row, Lionel Messi has topped the list of highest-paid footballers in the world. Read on for the full list of the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world and their annual income.
Highest Earning Footballers in the World
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi tops this list of highest-paid footballers with a total annual income of $127 million. The elite player gets a sum of $92 million from his salaries and bonus from Barcelona.
His endorsement deals from Adidas, Pepsi, Gatorade, Mastercard, and so on the amount to $35 million annually.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
2nd on the list of the world’s highest-paid footballers is Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus. The Portuguese player gets an annual salary and bonus of $65 million from his club.
He also has endorsement deals with brands like Nike, Altice, DAZN, MTG, EA, and son which amount to a total of $44 million annually. All these give him a total annual income of $109 million.
3. Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr has made his way to the 3rd position on the list of highest-paid footballers. His 5-year contract with PSG offers him an annual salary & bonus of $75 million.
The Brazilian player also has endorsement deals totalling $30 million annually. All these sums up to an annual income of $105 million for him.
4. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is currently the 4th highest-paid player in the world with an annual income of $33 million. This is a long way from the second position on the list. His total annual income comprises of $29 million of salary & bonus along with $4 million endorsement deals.
5. Andres Iniesta
This 35-year old Spanish striker has spent 22 years in Barcelona. He currently receives salaries & bonus totalling $30 million annually.
His endorsement deals also bring in a sum of $2.5 million for him. Andres Iniesta is currently the 5th highest-paid footballer with a total annual income of $32.5 million.
6. Alexis Sanchez
With an annual income of $30.8 million, Alexis Sanchez is 6th on the list. The 30-year old Chilean player receives an annual salary & bonus of $28 million from Manchester United. His endorsement deals amount to a total of $2.5 million per year.
7. Kylian Mbappe
This 20-year old French player is the youngest on this list. His contract with PSG gives him an annual salary & bonus of $26.6 million.
His endorsement deals all sum of to $4 million annually. These put Kylian Mbappe on a total annual income of $30.6 million, making the 7th highest-paid footballer in the world.
8. Mesut Ozil
With an annual income of $30.2 million, Mesut Ozil makes 8th spot the list of the highest-paid footballer in the world. His contract with Arsenal Football Club offers him an annual salary & bonus amounting to $23.7 million.
The German player also has endorsement deals with brands like Adidas, Mercedes Benz, and Beats By Dre, all amounting to $6.5 million annually.
Oscar currently plays for Shanghai SIPG, a Chinese Super League club which pays him salary & bonus of $27 million annually. The Brazilian player also has endorsements offering him $2 million yearly. All thee amount to a total annual income of $29 million, making him the 9th highest-paid footballer in the world.
10. Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann receives an annual salary & bonus of $23.3 million along with endorsement deals offering him an annual sum of $4.5 million. With this, the French player receives a total annual income of $27.7 million, putting him in the 10th spot on this list.
You have seen the list of top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world. Your fan arguments can now be backed up with facts, you are welcome. Are there any thoughts or comments on your mind? Let’s know in the comment section.