Here are the highest paid footballers in the world today.
1. Lionel Messi
Salary: $72 Million Endorsement: $32 Million
Despite winning a sixth Ballon d’ Or award, making him the only star to win such record number of Ballon d’ Or which would have added bonus to his yearly income.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Salary: $60 Million Endorsement: $45 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo reclaimed his position as the highest paid footballer in the world despite earning $4 million less than he did last year.
3. Neymar Jr
Salary: $70.5 Million Endorsement: $25 Million
Neymar Jr who secured a $263 million move to the Ligue 1 side, which ranks as the most expensive in the history of football, ranks third in the world highest paid footballers list.
4. Mohamed Salah
Salary: $23.1 Million Endorsement: $12 Million
Liverpool ace forward and top goal scorer for the club in two consecutive seasons penned a five year deal in the summer of 2018 which saw him rise to the peak of his career.
5. Andres Iniesta
Salary: $26.6 Million Endorsement: $3 Million
Andres Iniesta enjoyed an excellent football career with Spanish football giant, Barcelona before he move to Japan’s Vissel Kobe in 2018 on a three year deal.
6. Paul Pogba
Salary: $23 Million Endorsement: $5.5 Million
A return to his youth club Manchester United in 2016 for a then record transfer fee of $120 million in 2016,.
7. Antoine Griezmann
Salary: $21.2 Million Endorsement: $5.5 Million
The French forward, Antoine Griezmann earns a total of 26.7 million annually. His total earnings are boosted by his mouth watering endorsement deals from footwear maker puma.
8. Gareth Bale
Salary: $19.7 Endorsement: $5.5 Million
An avid golf lover who has a replica of the world’s three famous golf holes in his luxury home earns $19.7 million in salary alone annually. Endorsement worth $5.5 million sees Gareth Bale’s annual earning spike up to a total of $25.5 million.
9. Sergio Ramos
Salary: $18.8 Million Endorsement: $3 Million
Sergio Ramos has played a total of 640 games in the colours of Real Madrid since joining the Spanish side in 2005. He has won a total of four La Liga titles, and four UEFA Champions League titles since joining the side.