Football is the most popular game in the world. More than 1.5 billion people are crazy to watch the matches of their favorite teams and players. Due to its popularity, Football has the most fans around the world than other sports and a lot of money is earned in this game. Many Football clubs and players earn billion dollars every year. The club offers jaw-dropping packages to the superstars to make them the part of their team. These Players are also playing for their national teams and get paid millions of dollars annually. According to the Forbes ranking of Top 100 highest paid athletes in the world, 3 Footballers are successfully made their place in the first 10 highest paid athletes and 8 footballers are there in the top 100. Here we are going to compile a list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world in 2018.
Top 10 highest paid footballers in the world
Control your heartbeats and look at the list of the world’s highest paid footballers. Some interesting and surprising figures are waiting for you.
10. Angel Di Maria ( Annual Income: $22.6 million)
|Club||Paris Saint Germain|
|Salary + bonus||$20.6 million|
Let’s starts our list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world with a brilliant young footballer from Argentina, Angel Fabian Di Maria, a professional young soccer player who also represents Paris Saint-Germain. Di Maria was born on February 14, 1988 and started his career with Rosario Central and in 2007 he joined Benfica. After a three years career with Benfica, he transferred to Real Madrid in 2010 for $32.06 million. Manchester United welcomed him in 2014 with transfer money of $76.56 million but after 1 year he left United and started playing for PSG for $56.2 million transfer fee. Di Maria joined his country team in 2008. He is at No. 10 in our list of highest paid footballers in the world.
9. Sergio Aguero (Annual income: $23.5 million)
|Salary + bonus||$17 million|
Sergio Aguero was born on June 2, 1988. He has made a record of youngest player to join Argentina’s National side in the age of 15 years and 34 days. Before him, the record was in possession of Diego Maradona.
He started playing for La Liga side Atlético Madrid in the age of 2006 for $26.6 million and scored 101 goals in 234 matches and won UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 for his club. In 2011, he joined Manchester City for $40 million transfer fee. For his first season with Manchester City club, he scored a 94th-minute winning goal against Queens Park Rangers and won the first league title for Manchester City in last 44 years. He played in Argentine world cup 2018 squad in Russia, probably his last world cup.
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8. Wayne Rooney ( Annual Income: $25 million)
|Salary + bonus||$20 million|
|Major Brands/Sponsors||Harper Collins|
Wayne Mark Rooney is also one of the highest paid footballers in the world. He is from England and played for his national team from 2003 to 2016. Currently, he is playing for D.C. United (American Professional Soccer Club). Rooney was born on October 24, 1985 and started his career with Everton academy from 1996 to 2002.
In 2004, he moved to Manchester United for $33.20 million transfer money where he won 5 premier leagues and a total of 16 trophies for Manchester United during his 4 years career with the club. He became the top goalscorer of all time for United with 253 goals. He also held a record of 183 premier league goals the highest score of a player for a single club.
One of the highest paid soccer players, Rooney, is also the youngest goalscorer for England at the age of 17. Forbes Magzine ranked him at No. 8 in the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the list in 2018.
7. Luis Suarez (Annual Income: $26.9 million)
|Salary + bonus||$19.9 million|
|Major Brands/Sponsors||Adidas, Pro Evolution Soccer, Gatorade|
The striker of the Barcelona club and Uruguay national team, Luis Suarez is at No. 7 in the list of highest paid footballers in the world in 2018 with a net income of $26.9 million per year. He was born on January 24, 1987 and started his career in 2005 from Nacional. In his career, Luis Suarez won 16 trophies for his clubs and the national team.
He also won 4 golden boots ( 2 European Golden Shoes, 1 Eredivisie Golden Boot, 1 Premier League Golden Boot). Luis Suarez won the La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy in 2016 ending the dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi from years. He scored over 400 goals for Uruguay and his clubs. He deserves his name in the list of Wold’s highest paid soccer players.
6. Oscar (Annual Income: $27.4 million)
|Salary + bonus||$25.9 million|
Professional Brazilian footballer Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior known as Oscar was born on September 9, 1991. In the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world, You will see Oscar at number 7 with a net income of $27.4 million/year. He started his career in 2009 with Sao Paulo.
Oscar joined Internacional (Brazilian multisport club) and played 3 years for the club. In 2012, Oscar moved to Chelsea for $61.575 million transfer fee. After four years with Chelsea, He joined Chinese club Shanghai SIPG for a record transfer money of $77.62 in Asia.
He is also the first and only player who made Hatrick in FIFA U-20 Worldcup 2011. He also played for the Brazilian international team from 2011 to 2015. One of the World’s highest paid soccer players scored 47 goals for his national team.
5. Paul Pogba (Annual income: $29.5 million)
|Salary + bonus||$25 million|
Here we are in the middle of our world’s highest paid soccer players list, let us introduce French professional footballer Paul Labile Pogba who is an intelligent midfielder of French national team and Manchester United. 26 years old Paul Pogba joined Manchester United in 2009.
He became the member of an Italian club Juventus as a free transfer in 2012 where he received “Golden Boy” award in 2013 and Bravo Award in 2014 and 2016. This outstanding performance made his return to Manchester United in 2016 for a record transfer fee of $115.52 million. This transaction is the highest amount of any transfer made by an English club.
Paul Pogba was also the winning captain of French U-20 team who won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 and remains entitled to Best player award of the event. He joined French international team in 2013 and also the part of the Winning squad of FIFA World 2018 Russia. For an extraordinary performance and earnings, he successfully made his room in the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world at No. 5
4. Gareth Bale (Annual Income: $34.6 million)
|Salary + bonus||$28.6 million|
Gareth Frank Bale, a professional football player from Wales, was born on July 16, 1989. He started his career at Southampton as left-back position holder and also known as free kick specialist in the world of football. In 2007, He moved to Tottenham Hotspur for $9.05 million transfer money.
Bale became the part of Real Madrid in 2013 for undisclosed transfer money but there were rumors in the media that the transfer money has been paid between $117 million to $129 million. In 2016, these rumors proved true when the documents leaked and $130.36 million transfer fee confirmed broken the previous record of $116.40 million paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
He joined his national team in 2006 and became the youngest player who made debut for Wales in the age of 17 years. The highest goal scorer for Wales also holds 4th position in World’s highest paid soccer players list.
3. Neymar, Jr. (Annual Income: $90 million)
|Club||Paris Saint Germain|
|Salary + bonus||$73 million|
|Major Brands/Sponsors||Nike, Red Bull, Gillette, Beats Electronics, McDonald’s|
If we make any discrimination about football, it is worthless mentioning football without Neymar. Brazilian Superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was born on February 5, 1992. He played as a forward for his national team and French club Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar started his career with Santos (Professional Football club from Brazil) when he was 17 years old. During he played for Santos, He won many awards including 2 times winner of South American Football of the year in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, he joined Barcelona club to prove his skills as a professional soccer player. Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in Agust 2017 for a record transfer fee of $287.11 million and became the world’s most expensive player. He is the third highest goal scorer for Brazil after Pele and Ronaldo with a score of 57 in his 90 appearances. He is the 3rd highest paid soccer player in the world in 2018.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Annual Income: $108 million)
|Salary + bonus||$61 million|
|Major Brands/Sponsors||Nike, Herbalife, Clear, American Tourister, CR7 jeans, fragrance, underwear, hotels, gyms|
Whenever the football history is written, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name will be included in the list of legends. The world’s most embedded player, Cristiano Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985 in the island of Madeira, Portugal. He is currently playing for an Italian club Juventus and the Nationa team of Portugal.
He started his career with Sporting CP and moved to Manchester United in Agust 2003 for $15.76 million and became the most expensive teenage football player in the history of English clubs. In 2009, the one of the world’s highest paid soccer players, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a record transfer of $103.02 million and for his 6 years career with Real Madrid, the club paid $1.29 billion for Cristiano Ronaldo.
He joined his national team in 2003 and declared as the best player of all time in Portuguese football history. He also holds a record of more than 150 caps and became the highest goal scorer for his country with an amazing score of 154 goals. Ronaldo is the first football player who wins 4 European Golden Shoes. He is also the highest goal scorer in Football leagues history with 395 goals. We feel the honor including him at 2nd position in the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world.
1. Lionel Messi (Annual Income: $111 million)
|Salary + bonus||$84 million|
|Major Brands/Sponsors||Adidas, Gatorade, Mastercard, Pepsi, Lays, Ooredoo, Huawei Technologies|
Here we are going to end our list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world with the name of the greatest player of the football, Lionel Messi, who is currently playing for Argentinian national team and the Spanish club Barcelona at Forward position. The legendary player was born on June 24, 1987. Great Messi is considered one of the world’s greatest players of all time. He is the only player in the history of football who wins 5 European Golden Shoes.
In his childhood, Messi was diagnosed with a deficiency of a growth hormone and in the age of 13 years, he moved to join Barcelona who agreed to pay for his all treatment charges. He started his career as a professional football player in 2004 and established himself as a key player for Barcelona Club. He spent his all 15 years career with a single club where he won 32 Trophies and scored more than 600 goals for Barcelona and his national team.
Messi joined his national team in 2005 and he is the All-time highest goal scorer for Argentina. In his first FIFA World Cup 2006, he became the youngest Argentine player to play and score a goal in the biggest FIFA event. Messi announced his international career retirement in 2016 but due to his nation’s utmost demand he reversed his decision and led his team in FIFA Worldcup 2018 in Russia. He is at the top in the list of world’s highest paid soccer players in the world.