European football is one of the most lucrative sports on our planet. It is loved by millions of fans, and it is played by some of the best players who earn enough money to live an exciting life that is full of adventures and fun. Who are the top 10 highest paid footballers in the world in 2018? Let us discover their names and salaries inside this post.
Highest paid player in the world
Every year (sometimes several times a year), trusted sources like Forbes and professional sports organizations rank the most paid footballer in the world. Such rankings are based on contracts and official salaries of the most talented and loved footballers.
Thanks to Forbes, we also know the names of the top 10 highest paid footballers. They all earn millions of U.S. dollars per year and boast impressive contracts with the most famous football clubs.
Below you will find out who is the highest paid player in the world, based on Forbes ranking, and see the names and earnings of other 9 rich men who are awarded incredible salaries and bonuses every week of the year. It is curious that 9 of these 10 footballers are also added to another Forbes’ ranking of 100 highest paid sportsmen on the globe in 2018.
Top ten highest paid footballers now
This year the most paid footballer is not Cristiano Ronaldo. He was topped by a different player on the Forbes ranking that accounts different footballer earnings in June 2017 – May 2018. And his name is Lionel Messi. Right, his impressive contract signed in 2017 brings him over 660,000 U.S. dollars every week plus bonuses and other income. That is why he is number one this year.
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1. Lionel Messi - $111 million
2018 is the first year Lionel Messi is ranked higher than Cristiano Ronaldo by Forbes in earnings. The awesome contract with Barcelona (it ends in 2021) brings the superstar impressive 667,000 U.S. dollars weekly.
The footballer’s estimated annual earnings are 111 million U.S. dollars. This includes his wage, bonuses, and endorsement. Everyone knows how popular and talented the forward from Argentina is. Messi is the winner of over 30 football awards, and he earns a lot from his contracts with Pepsi, Adidas, and other famous brands.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - $108 million
This popular and most paid footballer has been number 1 in the Forbes list of the highest paid player in the world in 2016 and 2017. This year, in 2018, he comes second, but his earnings are still impressive and extremely high.
The good-looking and awesome footballer who plays for Juventus after departure from Real Madrid earns over 108 million U.S. dollars per year. This includes his annual salary, bonuses, and endorsement. The player is the face of Nike, Herbalife, and other brands and he is one of the top influencers in the world with 144 million followers on his Instagram account.
3. Neymar - $90 million
This Brazilian player is one of the top ten highest paid footballers now. He could have been number one or two in 2018 if Lionel Messi hadn’t signed his expensive contract.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior who plays for PSG earns approximately 90 million U.S. dollars per year if taking into consideration all his possible bonuses and extra earnings from famous brands such as Gillette, Nike, Red Bull, and others.
4. Gareth Bale - $34 million
The player from Real Madrid is one of the top 5 best-paid footballers. Gareth Bale’s estimated annual earnings reach over 34 million U.S. dollars.
The forward is extremely good, and he is one of the top earners in his football club. The man gets a nice annual salary of nearly 29 million U.S. dollars plus extra earnings from his contracts with Nissan Motor, Adidas, and other famous brands.
5. Paul Pogba - $29 million
The footballer from France is a famous Manchester United player whose hairstyles are always awesome and unique. His annual earnings are estimated at over 29 million U.S. dollars.
The basic salary at the Red Devils (including bonus payments) is about 25 million U.S. dollars, plus the footballer additionally earns over 4 million U.S. dollars per year from Adidas.
6. Oscar - $27 million
You surely remember the Brazilian forward Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior by his achievements as a member of the Chelsea team. Now Oscar plays for Shanghai SIPG (since 2016), and he is doing pretty good in terms of annual earnings.
Oscar’s estimated payments are over 27 million U.S. dollars with 26 million U.S. dollars being his salary and bonus payments from his Chinese football club and 1 million U.S. dollars being some additional endorsement deals.
7. Wayne Rooney - $27 million
The popular striker from D.C. United can boast similar annual earnings as Oscar. The English football superstar has a good paying contract that brings him approximately 22 million U.S. dollars per year plus he earns additional 5 million U.S. dollars through deals with Nike, Samsung, and other brands.
The total annual payments of Wayne Rooney reach approximately 27 million U.S. dollars which makes him one of the 10 highest paid players in the world.
8. Luis Suarez - $26.9 million
The striker from Uruguay is Barcelona FC forward. He signed a good contract with the club that lasts until 2021. The annual earnings are pretty high that is why Luis Suarez is on our list.
His estimated salary, bonuses, and endorsement total 26.9 million U.S. dollars (besides wages he receives nice money from Puma). He is very close in earnings to Oscar and Wayne Rooney.
9. Sergio Aguero - $23 million
This forward from Argentina is awesome at scoring goals. He is valued high by his Manchester City team, and he earns enough money to be called one of the highest paid sportsmen in the world.
Sergio’s annual earnings are estimated at 23 million U.S. dollars which includes his contract with the club, additional bonuses, and various endorsement deals.
10. Angel Di Maria - $22.6 million
He used to play for the English club Manchester United some years ago, but now he represents the Paris Saint-German team and has a contract signed until 2019. Impressive awards, hardworking character and great achievements in the field make Angel Di Maria number 10 on our list of most paid footballers on the planet.
His estimated annual earnings are approximately 22.6 million U.S. dollars. You can see how close he is to Sergio Aguero in terms of payments.
You can see that the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world is topped by three players. They are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar. These men play for different football clubs and have reached incredible heights in their career.
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