Football lovers will be astonished to find out how much their favorite football players’ wages are through their loyal viewers.
When it comes to “The Beautiful Game”, the perks for the players are insanely awesome. The most wowing element of these perks is their salaries, which are way higher than many other professions. So, here we are going to list down the highest paid football players and their wages!
10. Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona, 32)
Annual Gross Salary: €15m (£12m; $17m)
Estimated Net Worth: $86 million
Andres Iniesta is a renowned Spanish football player known to play for FC Barcelona along with the Spanish national team. With played over 7 times in the Champions League, Andres has earned over €4.5m (£3.6m; $5m) from endorsements.
9. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, 30)
Annual Gross Salary: €16.7m (£13.3m; $26m)
Estimated Net Worth: $145 million
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team. Rooney signed a $105 million, five-year contract extension in 2014 with Manchester United that will keep him playing at Old Trafford until June 2019, just shy of his 34th birthday. The deal allows for the club to negotiate endorsements on the team captain’s behalf. He is at the tail-end of a 12-year, $9 million book deal with HarperCollins. Nike remains Rooney’s most lucrative endorsement deal.
8. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, 26)
Annual Gross Salary: €16m (£12.8m; $18m)
Estimated Net Worth: $12 million
Thomas Muller is a German professional footballer who plays for the Bayern Munich and the German national team. He has an extended contract with Munich which means his bank account is likely to grow up in the coming years. Thomas has earned over €7m (£5.6m; $8m) from celebrity endorsements.
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 26)
Annual Gross Salary: €14m (£11.2m; $16m)
Estimated Net Worth: $90 million
Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale earns an estimated €10m (£8m; $11.3m) from endorsements.
6. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain, 28)
Annual Gross Salary: €24m (£19.1m; $27m)
Estimated Net Worth: $22 million
Ángel Fabián Di María Hernández is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team. Angel earns around €1.2m (£960,000; $1.35m) miscellaneous endorsements.
5. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, 31)
Annual Gross Salary: €23m (£18.3m; $26m)
Estimated Net Worth: $45 million
Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. He’s known to be the highest paid Brazilian defender in the world earning over €2.5m (£2m; $2.8m) from endorsements.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain, 34)
Annual Gross Salary: €20m (£16m; $22.5m)
Estimated Net Worth: $140 million
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Sweden national team for which he is captain. His endorsement with the sportswear giant Nike has earned him over €6m (£4.8m; $7m).
3. JR Neymar (FC Barcelona, 24)
Annual Gross Salary: €20m (£16m; $23m)
Estimated Net Worth: $75 million
JR Neymar is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team. Huge recognition has led him to earn over €21m (£16.8m; $24m) from endorsements.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 31)
Annual Gross Salary: €32m (£25.5m; $36m)
Estimated Net Worth: $280-$310 million
Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Captain of the Portugal national team. Ronaldo earns his partial fortune with endorsements over €35m (£27.9m; $39m) from Nike, Armani, and, inexplicably, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, 28)
Annual Gross Salary: €36m (£28.7m; $40.6m)
Estimated Net Worth: $230 million
According to the FIFA Year of the Award, Messi is the “Best Footballer in the World” and the highest paid football player with an income of €70 million. His endorsements worth €35m (£27.9m; $39m) with sports-related giants such as Adidas and EA games has made him roll deep in money.