Highest Paid Footballers in History
Football, also known as the beautiful game is numbered as one of the best-paid sports of today. It is estimated that more 250 million people from all round the world watch this sport and the teams and clubs have a huge fan base.
Not only do football players receive high salaries from the clubs or teams they play for, but many are also sponsored by huge brand names from which they receive huge earnings.
Portuguese born, Cristiano Ronaldo is not only one of the highest paid with earnings of $93 million but he is also one of the most liked football players according to social media. His signing with Real Madrid, the richest club in the world has made him one of the richest football players in the world today.
The team is said to be worth $3.4 million and has sponsors such as Nike, Tag Heuer and Samsung. He’s also a favourite to watch for anyone who enjoys live sports betting, as he is almost guaranteed to score, or get the ball close to the net in every game.
Lionel Messi is one of the world’s most expensive players and is 2nd in the top 10 highest earning players of 2017. He earns around $77 million per year and receives a salary of $51 million. Turkish Airlines, Adidas EA Sports and Pepsi endorse him.
Born in Argentina, Messi is considered one of the best players in the world. He currently plays for Barcelona Football Club as well as the Argentine national team. In 2007 Messi founded the Leo Messi Foundation, which assists disadvantaged youths. He was also named as a goodwill ambassador by UNICEF in 2010.
Neymar Da Silva Jr
Neymar da Silva Junior or Neymar as he is most widely known was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and plays for Barcelona football club. As a teenager he played for Santos FC and won four player of the year awards, which made him one of Brazil’s most well-known public figures.
He has been instrumental in Barcelona winning local and international titles. His estimated earnings are around $36 million each year, which includes a salary of $22 million and endorsements from Nike, Panasonic and L’Oréal. When he transferred from Santos he received a $13 million signing bonus and his contract with Barcelona is worth $124 million.
Wayne Rooney is one the best-known soccer players in the world and was a top scorer for popular team Manchester United. Rooney was born in Liverpool, England and his professional debut was with Everton Football Club in 2002.
He has enjoyed great success with Manchester United and is endorsed by Nike and EA Sports and has written various books. It is estimated that his net worth is around $90 million. His annual take home is about $16 million, which does not include any bonuses. His earnings together with his various sponsorship deals means his net worth goes into the nine figures.
Swedish born Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of the top strikers in Europe and he plays for clubs in Sweden, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. His first professional debut was in 1999 for Malmö FF. He then signed with AFC Ajax where his skills improved.
He then transferred to Juventus FC and from there to Inter Milan. He currently plays for Manchester United, but has been branded a difficult player. He has been endorsed by both Nike and Adidas. His net worth is around $160 million with an annual salary of about $35 million.