Top 10 Highest-Paid Football Players (Earnings, Salary, Endorsements & Sponsors)

Soccer is one of the Most Popular sports in the world, which is counted among the best-paid sports of modern days. It has over 250 million viewership worldwide. Football players get huge attention from the crowd especially from the football fans besides their extremely high yearly income. They not only enjoy popularity, but also a huge pay.

On this page is Forbes released latest edition of the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world, and according to the list, Lionel Messi takes the top spot with $127 million. While Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar join Messi in the top 3.

Elite soccer players of various famous clubs also boost their yearly income besides their salary from the national teams and the clubs, with their huge endorsements and advertisement fees from megabrands such as Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, Volvo, and various other companies. Now, Below are  World Highest-Paid Football Players.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Football Players

1. Lionel Messi: $127M

  • Salary & Bonus: $92M
  • Endorsements: $35M
  • Largest Sponsors/Partners: Adidas, Gatorade, Lays, Pepsi, Ooredoo, Mastercard, Jacobs & Co.
  • Club: FC Barcelona
  • Nation: Argentina
  • Age: 31

Messi has played 687 matches for his club, scored 603 goals and won 33 club titles, including 10 La Liga championships. Currently, he signed a contract with Barcelona to remains a one-club man through 2020-21 and pay him over $80 million every year. Messi has been awarded FIFA’s Player of the Year Award five times and also won the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the Continent for six times. Furthermore, he has a lifelong deal with Adidas.

2.  Cristiano Ronaldo: $109MHighest-Paid Football Players

  • Salary & Bonus: $65M
  • Endorsements: $44M
  • Largest Sponsors/Partners: Nike, Herbalife, Altice, DAZN, MTG, Electronic Arts, CR7 line of denim, underwear, footwear, fragrance, hotels, and gyms
  • Club: Juventus
  • Nation: Portugal
  • Age: 34

Currently, Ronaldo has joined Italian club Juventus, after playing for Real Madrid for nine years. Ronaldo’s four-year deal pays him a gross annual salary of $64 million. Also, Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys worth over $60 million within a day of release. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to win Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A titles, and is the all-time leading goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League. That is not all, he has also won FIFA’s Player of the Year Award five times.

3. Neymar Jr:  $105M

  • Salary & Bonus: $75M
  • Endorsements: $30M
  • Largest Sponsors/Partners: Nike, Red Bull, EA Sports, Mastercard, Gaga Milano, Gillette, Beats by Dre, DAZN
  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Nation: Brazil
  • Age: 27

Neymar is currently on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth a total cash outlay of over $600 million, of which $350 million will be paid in salary. Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG as the most expensive player in the world at $263 million, in which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing. Neymar appeared 3rd in the list of Highest-Paid Football Players in the world.

SEE ALSO: Real Madrid Football Club Profile and List of Real Madrid Players

4. Paul Pogba: $33M

Highest-Paid Football Players

  • Salary & Bonus: $29M
  • Endorsements: $4M
  • Largest Sponsor/Partner: Adidas
  • Club: Manchester United
  • Nation: France
  • Age: 26

Pogba moved to Manchester United form Juventus in 2016 for a then-record $120 million transfer fee. His five-year contract pays over $20 million a year. Pogba auctioned off his 2018 World Cup-winning, Adidas-sponsored shoes for over $30,000 and donated the money to disadvantaged high schoolers.

5. Andrés Iniesta: $32.5M

  • Salary & Bonus: $30M
  • Endorsements: $2.5M
  • Largest Sponsor/Partner: Asics
  • Club: Vissel Kobe
  • Nation: Spain
  • Age: 35

Andrés Iniesta spent 22 years in Barcelona as a captain, at the Catalan club before moving to Vissel Kobe in Japan in May 2018. Iniesta ended a 19-year sponsorship with Nike and signed a multiyear deal with Japanese footwear company Asics in October. His winery, Bodega Iniesta, began production in 2010 and includes his Minuto 116, named for the minute in the 2010 World Cup when he scored the goal that gave Spain its first title.

6. Alexis Sánchez: $30.8M

  • Salary & Bonus: $28.3M
  • Endorsements: $2.5M
  • Largest Sponsor/Partner: Nike
  • Club: Manchester United
  • Nation: Chile
  • Age: 30

Sánchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal 2018. He struggled with injuries and had just six goals and five assists in 37 appearances. Sánchez plays a leading role in the film Mi Amigo Alexis, released in May 2019, about a young boy from Chile who is desperate to follow in his hero’s footsteps.

7. Kylian Mbappé: $30.6M

  • Highest-Paid Football PlayersSalary & Bonus: $26.6M
  • Endorsements: $4M
  • Largest Sponsors/Partners: Nike, Hublot, Good Gout
  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Nation: France
  • Age: 20

Kylian Mbappé is currently on full contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2022, which will pay him over $20 million annually plus performance bonuses, making him one of the Highest-Paid Football Players. When Mbappe was 19-year-old in 2018, he became the youngest French player to score in a World Cup and the second-youngest player, after legend Pelé, to score in a World Cup final. He also won the 2018 World Cup Best Young Player Award and was its joint second-highest scorer, and then won Ligue 1’s 2019 Player of the Year Award as its 2018-19 top goal scorer. Kylian Mbappé donated his $500,000 World Cup bonus to a charity that organizes sporting events for disabled children.

8. Mesut Özil: $30.2M

Highest-Paid Football Players

  • Salary & Bonus: $23.7M
  • Endorsements: $6.5M
  • Largest Sponsors/Partners: Adidas, Mercedes Benz, Beats by Dre
  • Club: Arsenal
  • Nation: Germany
  • Age: 30

Mesut Özil made the list of top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world after he signed a contract extension with Arsenal to remain in the club until 2021 and doubling his annual pay to about $24 million. Özil and his fiancée announced they would celebrate their wedding by funding 1,000 life-changing surgeries for underprivileged children. Ozil also has two professional esports teams one to compete in EA Sports FIFA competitions and another for Fornite.

9. Oscar: $29M

  • Highest-Paid Football PlayersSalary & Bonus: $27M
  • Endorsements: $2M
  • Largest Sponsor/Partner: Adidas
  • Club: Shanghai SIPG
  • Nation: Brazil
  • Age: 27

After playing five years at Chelsea and winning two Premier League titles, Oscar moves to Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super League in January 2017. He had a league-high 19 assists and scored 12 goals to help SIPG win the league in 2018.

10. Antoine Griezmann: $27.7M

  • Highest-Paid Football PlayersSalary & Bonus: $23.2M
  • Endorsements: $4.5M
  • Largest Sponsors/Partners: Puma, Huawei
  • Club: Atlético Madrid through May 2019
  • Nation: France
  • Age: 28

In May, Griezmann announced that he was leaving Atletico Madrid after five years. He played 260 matches and scored 133 goals. He played an important role during the 2018 World Cup for France, scoring or setting up eight of the 14 goals that led the team to victory. Griezmann is long-sponsored by footwear maker Puma and Huawei, the Chinese tech giant whose phones are currently banned by the U.S.

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