Football is a very lucrative sport and the most followed game sport around the world. The craze of this game is beyond imagination and fans are crazy over their favorite clubs and players. Football has seen many legends on the pitch who have taken the sport to the next level but there is also the financial side of this game also which is just incredible.
Players like Lionel Messi and Neymar wage per week is more than a whole clubs like Parma and Blackburn Rovers F.C earn in a whole year. The demand for this game has injected a lot of fame and money and players from teenagers are offered lucrative contracts.
Recently the summer transfer window closed, and we saw some drastic changes in the market. Some players took major pay cuts and players like Mbappe and Kane declined record wages. In this article, we will be looking at the top 5 richest footballers in the world.
#5. Kylian Mbappe- Net Worth $176 Million and Salary $20.8 Million
Kylian Mbappe is a rising superstar in world football. At an age of 22, he has achieved a lot which many couldn’t achieve in their whole career. He is destined for greatness and is possibly the next big thing in the world. His net worth is around $176 million in 2021. He plays for French giants Paris Saint-Germain and earns $20.8 million per year through salary and bonuses.
He is a Nike-sponsored athlete and also comes through many brand endorsements like Nike, Hublot, EA Sports, etc. Kylian’s contract expires next year and is expected to sign for Spanish giants Real Madrid which can make him highest-paid footballer on the earth.
#4. Paul Pogba- Net Worth $130 Million and Salary $33 Million
Paul Pogba is a midfield maestro from France and plays for Manchester United in club football. Pogba broke the record for the most expensive signing in 2016 and currently is the one of highest-paid athletes in any sport. He is 28-year-old and reportedly earns $33 million per year at Manchester United. Paul Pogba net worth is expected to be around $130 million which includes big lucrative brand endorsement contracts from MNCs like Nike, Pepsi, EA Sports, etc.
Paul Pogba’s contract also expires in 2022 and is expected to leave Manchester United but if he decides to stay then might become one of the Premier League’s top highest earners given his aura and influence in the Manchester United team.
#3.Cristiano Ronaldo- Net Worth $500 Million and Salary $30 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo comes third on this list. The Portuguese Legend moved recently to his former club Manchester United in August. He moved from Juventus where he was earning $50 million excluding bonuses per year but he took a great pay cut to move to his favorite club. He will be now reportedly earning $30 million for Manchester giants and will be the club’s highest earner.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is the 3rd highest-paid athlete in the world and his net worth is around $500 million. His popularity is crazy around the world and he himself is a big entrepreneur which adds a big chunk of money in his pocket. He earns $50 million through endorsements and some of his endorsements are Nike, EA Sports, CR7-branding, etc.
#2. Neymar- Net Worth $200 Million and Salary $95 Million
Neymar is the next name on the list. Neymar holds the record for most expensive transfer when he moved from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for a whopping $260 million. He is the world’s 6th highest-paid athlete and has a net worth of more than $200 million. He recently in May signed a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain which made him 3rd most highest-paid footballer. He earns reportedly $78 million but adds on and bonuses raise his salary to $95 million per year.
Neymar is from Brazil and his Samba flavor in Football is really awestruck. He earns $19 million through endorsements and is the brand ambassador of companies like Epic Games, Flutter Entertainment, Puma, Qatar Airways, Red Bull, Triller.
#1. Lionel Messi- Net Worth $600 Million and Salary $75 Million
Lionel Messi is the GOAT of Football and needs no introduction. He recently moved from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in a controversial transfer. He was one of the world’s highest earners and currently comes first in this list. His salary is a mammoth $75 million and his net worth is humongous $600 million. He is an all-time great and worth every penny.
Not only in Football, he is also the 2nd highest-paid athlete in the world and only lacks behind MMA icon Conor Mcgregor. Messi is an inspirational athlete and is the most respected player in the world. Not surprisingly, he has earned $400 million through endorsements and reportedly earns $40-$60 million through endorsements every year.