Football is one of the most viewed and famous sports all over the world. It’s a game of passion, tactical manoeuvre and confrontation.
With intense worldwide popularity, comes plenty of money. Footballers are considered not less than a celebrity and known for their lucrative deals plus gigantic salary. In past few years, China has emerged as the new contender in world football with the Chinese Super League spending massive amounts of money to entice European footballers.
DSport has picked up the top 10 highest paid footballers in the world today:
Carlos Tevez (Shenhua FC – 40 million per year)
Argentina’s former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez after joining Shanghai Shenhua Chinese FC became the highest paid footballer in the world. Although other players have higher net worths, Tevez now receives the most weekly – £615,000/week a salary.
With his on-field technical expertise, Tevez is capable of playing in multiple positions across the forward line although he mainly plays as a striker or support striker. Despite rumors that he will quit and return to Argentina at some point, Tevez is set on playing for Shenhua FC. He has had over 75 caps since his debut in 2004.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid – 23.7 million per year 455000 weekly)
For anyone who follows the sport, Ronaldo is the absolute best of the best. He scores goals, dribbles with speed and force and has sensational ball control. In 2009 when he moved to Real Madrid from Manchester his total worth was $94 million. He now has a net worth of over 400 million and plenty of achievements to go with it. He is the second highest goalscorer in La Liga history behind Lionel Messi and considered to be Messi’s rival. Ronaldo is also a fashion icon, and crushes it on the endorsement front, has his own clothing line (CR7), and owns a profitable property portfolio.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona – 23.2 million per year)
Lionel Messi is not only a magician on the football field, but he’s an absolute businessman off it. Messi is a true football legend. This Argentine football player plays for Argentina national team and FC Barcelona. Messi is famous for his rushes to the goal from midfield, balance, and cunning.
He is seen as the “heir to the throne” to football legend Diego Maradona. His world class skill earns him 425,000 per week. He is one of the football’s biggest endorsers of all-time.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid – 21.2 million per year)
He is a Welsh player who currently represents Real Madrid and Wales National Team. He is the first Welsh footballer to play for Real Madrid, and quite possibly one of their best players of all time. His transfer to Real Madrid saw one of the highest fees in the history, which also overshadowed Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to the same club. His salary is also top notch – Bale earns almost $400,000 per week.
Oscar (Shanghai SIPG – 18.7 million per year)
Chinese Super League is seeing a humongous popularity and as a result, Chinese soccer clubs are enticing international players with massive paychecks. Oscar recently shocked the footballing world when he signed a contract with Shanghai SIPG in a very controversial $75 million transfer December 2016. He may have made the right choice, at least financially – he now makes over $361,000 per week.
Neymar (Barcelona – 18.7 million per year)
Neymar is the face of Brazilian soccer and one of the vital players on a talented FC Barcelona team. His skills with the ball and flair for excellence on the pitch make him one of the most popular players in the sport. At a very early stage, he was making nearly 500,000 per year. Even that figure pales in comparison to the 360,00 he now earns per week.
Hulk (Shanghai SIPG – 19 million per year)
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa known as Hulk is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Shanghai SIPG and the Brazil national team, as a forward, though he can also operate as a winger. He is described by FIFA’s official website as “a direct powerhouse of a center- or wide-forward who knows his way around the box”. After transferring to Shanghai SIPG in 2016, he now makes a hulking $400,000 per week.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United – 17.3 million per year)
Paul Pogba became the world’s most expensive transfer when he made a stunning £89 million move to Manchester United from Juventus. At only 24 years old, Pogba is already earning the kind of money his fellow players work decades for. He was named the most promising young players by The Guardian in 2014. His weekly paycheck of $360,00 wouldn’t be awarded to just any young player.
He received the Golden Boy award in 2013, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014 and was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. In 2016, Pogba was named to the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year as well as the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI, after helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United 17 million per year)
Wayne Rooney is an English footballer and captain of both Manchester United and the England national team. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. He holds the record for the most goals scored for a single club in the Premier League. The English football icon pockets nearly $325,000 per week.
Luis Suárez (Barcelona – 15.6 million per year)
Uruguayan footballer Luis Suárez, plays as a striker for both Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguay national team. In July 2014, he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona for a fee of £64.98 million (82.3 million €), making him one of the most expensive players in football history. The transfer took place after he had won the European Golden Shoe in the previous season with Liverpool. Suárez is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. The star makes nearly € 300,000 per week. Suarez joined FC Barcelona for a transfer fee of approximately € 93 million in 2014.