Who is the richest player in the whole world now? The intrigue gained momentum this season. Neymar’s top transfer in ‘PSG’ and Ronaldo’s moving to ‘Juventus’ spoiled the game. Which football stars are the richest?
Football is one of the most popular sports with over 3.5 billion fans worldwide. People are interested in the incredible skills of players, their goals, and strategy. Without a doubt, all football fans are interested in the annual title of the richest footballer in the world. It’s incredibly exciting to watch the top 5 or top 10 richest soccer players every year!
Professional footballers earn much more than professional athletes in other sports. The richest of them play in Europe and Asia. Spain, France, England, Italy, Germany, and China are the countries with the highest salary for football players.
In addition to the fact that salaries in clubs are quite high, majority of players receive huge amounts for advertising campaigns of famous brands. Many football players have other businesses. The most popular clothes and perfume lines.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo; picture: www.forbes.com
The annual income of the best footballers on the planet is plus or minus 30 million Euros. In 2018, ten football players are in the top 100 of the highest paid athletes in the world. Three of them did not participate in the World Cup 2018
- Gareth Bale ‘Real Madrid’ with 34.6 million Euros, by www.forbes.com;
- Oscar ‘Shanghai SIPG’ with 27.4 million Euros, by www.forbes.com;
- Wayne Rooney ‘Everton’ with 27 million Euros, by www.forbes.com.
Who is the richest player in the whole world 2018?
Bale’s Wales national team did not reach the final of the tournament, and Oscar and Rooney were not included in their national teams, Brazil and England, respectively.
That’s way Forbes presented Top 10 World Cup players 2018, who earned the most between 1st of June, 2017 – the 31st of May, 2018. Who is the richest player in the whole world by Forbes?
James Rodriguez; photo: www.bavarianfootballworks.com
10. James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez (Colombia) plays for ‘Bayern Munich’ – 22.1 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
Rodriguez took part in the World Cup 2014 very enthusiastically. In summer 2014, he was moved to ‘Real Madrid.’ However, he could not withstand the endless rotation in the superstar composition, and 2017 went to the Bundesliga. ‘Bayern Munich’ paid 13 million Euros to rent the player for two seasons.
For the season, the footballer earned 16.8 million US dollars and got 5.3 million of advertising revenue. His main sponsors are Adidas, Huawei Technology, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs.
Thiago Silva; photo: www.goal.com
9. Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva (Brazil) plays for ‘PSG’ - 22.4 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
In the middle of the 2000s, young Thiago Silva arrived in ‘Dynamo Moscow,’ but he didn’t play for the club. The football player was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He spent almost half a year in the hospital. Now he is a Brazilian national team and PSG player. During two world championships in 2010 and 2014, Thiago Silva was the team's captain. PSG paid 42 million Euros for the defender in 2012.
In the season 2017-2018, the footballer got 21.4 million US dollars of wages and earned 1 million advertising revenue. His sponsor is Nike.
Kylian Mbappé; picture: www.thenational.ae
8. Kylian Mbappé
Kylian Mbappé (France) plays for ‘PSG’ - 22.5 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
In 2016, 17-year-old Mbappe signed his first professional contract with ‘Monaco,’ and in 2017 he moved to PSG. For complying with the rules of financial fair play, the Parisian club issued a player’s rent for a year with the right of redemption in summer 2018. The transfer cost is estimated at 180 million Euros. In ‘PSG,’ the player’s salary has increased almost 20 times.
This season the footballer made 21 million US dollars of wages and earned 1.5 million advertising revenue from Nike.
Angel di Maria; photo: www.barcablaugranes.com
7. Angel di Maria
Angel di Maria (Argentina) plays for ‘PSG’ - 22.6 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
PSG team will start the next season with a new coach - Thomas Tuchel and the Argentine midfielder is not sure that he will stay in Paris.
For the season, the footballer earned 20.6 million US dollars of wages and got 2 million of advertising revenue.
Sergio Aguero; photo: www.thenational.ae
6. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero (Argentina) plays for ‘Manchester City’ - 23.5 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
In 2011, Aguero cost 40 million Euros for ‘Manchester City,’ and since then each season he has become the top scorer of the club. On the eve of the World Cup 2018, the Argentine striker’s value became twice as expensive.
This season the footballer made 17 million US dollars of wages and earned 6.5 million of advertising revenue.
Luis Suarez; picture: www.barcablaugranes.com
5. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) plays for ‘Barcelona’ - 26.9 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
‘Barcelona’ bought Suarez from Liverpool right after the World Cup 2014. He scored 31 goals and made 18 assists in the season 2017-18. His advertising portfolio contains several Asian brands: Chinese companies Tronsmart (gadgets) and Gome (mobile phones), as well as a tourist office in Malaysia.
For the season, the footballer earned 19.9 million US dollars of wages and got 7 million advertising revenue.
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Paul Pogba; photo: www.talkingbaws.com
4. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba (France) plays for ‘Manchester United’ - 29.5 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
In 2016, Pogba moved from ‘Juventus’ to ‘MU.’ At that time, it was a peak transfer in football history and cost 105 million Euros. With a salary of 290,000 pounds a week, Pogba is one of the highest paid players in the English Premier League. However, since winter, the media has been talking about his possible transfer to another club. According to some experts, Pogba doesn’t like football of the team ruled by Jose Mourinho.
In the season 2017-2018, the footballer earned 25 million US dollars of wages and got 4.5 million of advertising revenue.
Neymar; photo: www.youtube
Neymar (Brazil) plays for ‘PSG’ - 90 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
The popular move from ‘Barcelona’ to ‘PSG’ made Neymar the most expensive footballer in the world.
For the season, the footballer earned 73 million US dollars of wages and got 17 million of advertising revenue.
Cristiano Ronaldo; photo: indeksonline.net
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) plays for ‘Juventus’ - 108 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to win three Champions League in a row. He earned 21 million Euros a year. But the best football player in the world wanted more. Therefore, these summer football fans were struck by the news of the Ronaldo’s transfer to ‘Juventus.’ Now his salary is 30 million a year. Moreover, his work with famous brands is built perfectly. 47 million US dollars of advertising revenue per year is 34% more than the last year. His CR7 continues to expand. Ronaldo’s branded gyms have recently begun operation.
In the season, the footballer got 61 million US dollars of wages and bonuses and earned 47 million of advertising revenue.
Who is the richest footballer in the world? At last, the richest footballer is Lionel Messi!
Lionel Messi; photo: www.youtube
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (Argentina) plays for ‘Barcelona’ - 111 million US dollars by www.forbes.com
In 2017, Messi extended his contract with ‘Barcelona’ on very favorable terms. His earnings for the season, including the subscription bonus and other bonuses is 84 million US dollars. And it is 50% more than in the previous reporting period. Moreover, Lionel is expanding its advertising portfolio. His list of partners includes Adidas, Ooredoo (Qatar,) and the Chinese dairy producer Mengniu. PepsiCo is promoting several products with Messi. They are Lay’s chips, Gatorade isotonic and branded soda. The player is actively used in the promo campaign to draw public attention to a new sports drink - Gatorade Football Energy.
For the season, the footballer earned 84 million US dollars of wages and got 27 million of advertising revenue.
During the latest season, Cristiano Ronaldo increased his advertising revenues. It also helped him keep the lead in the ranking of the highest paid players. He has been topping the rating since 2014.
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