Highest paid footballers 2020-2021
To no one’s surprise, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo are at the top the list of the highest paid soccer players in the world.
Messi resolved his contract negotiations with Barcelona and landed a deal worth $126 million while Ronaldo took the second spot at $117 million in his deal with Juventus. Third on list is no surprise either and as the young superstar and Brazilian captain earns $96 million with Paris Saint Germain.
The most exciting player on the list is still Kylian Mbappe, teammate with Neymar and that PSG signed back in 2017 as the new rising superstar of Europe. Mbappe earns $48 million which is a lot better than the $28 million he earned the first year with the club after leaving Monaco. However, Mbappe´s contract ends in 2022 and it is expected he will get a lot better deal than the current one and maybe even better than Neymar.
1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Total Earnings:$126 million
Salary:$92 million Endorsements: $34 million
Messi finally agreed on staying with Barcelona for the last year of his contract after some controversy and will get a respectable sum of $92 million from the club to do so. But “Circque de Messi” will surely continue and let´s see where he turns up next.
An interesting note is that during Messi´s time at Barcelona, the club has won 34 trophies in 16 years while they “only” managed to win 64 trophies in 105 years prior to his arrival to the club. Also, it is estimated that Messi has earned a staggering $1 billion pretax in his career.
2. Christiano Ronaldo, Juventu
Total Earnings:$117 million
Salary:$70 million Endorsements: $47 million
As the most popular sports athlete on the planet (he has over 457 million social media followers)he is certainly the most engaged athlete. With his good looks and healthy living, sponsored by numerous lifestyle companies and owner of his own clothing brand, CR7, he can be seen almost everywhere in the world on TV, in magazines, social media or billboards. He also has a lifetime deal with Nike, the biggest sport brand in the world. He is the first European footballer that managed to score more than 100 international goals and the second one after Ali Daei, and Iranian footballer.
3. Neymar Jr. Paris Saint-Germain
Total Earnings: $96 million
Salary:$78 million Endorsements: $18 million
The Brazilian, striker and captain of the Brazilian national team is certainly one of the most well-known footballers in the world today. He came to Europe and played for Barcelona alongside Messi when he decided to join Paris Saint Germain (PSG) as he wanted a higher paycheck. The deal between PSG and Barcelona was the highest paid transfer in the world as PGS paid a staggering $263 million in transfer fee and another $70 million in salary. This summer, Nike ended their sponsor deal with Neymar allowing him to sign with Puma.
4. Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain
Total Earnings: $42 million
Salary:$28 million Endorsements: $14 million
Certainly, one of the most exciting young footballers in the world today. For the second time o a row, Mbappe was the winner of the Ligue 1 Golden boot, given to the top scorer in the French league. Playing for PSG, he also won the French league, as usual. The question is how long Mbappe will stay in PSG. The club surely have the financial muscles to offer him top pay but Mbappe is not like Neymar and many others and we are expecting him to make a move in the next 1-2 years.
5. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
Total Earnings: $37 million
Salary:$24 million Endorsements: $13 million
Egyptian and Liverpool striker Salah has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons with Liverpool and surely helped the club to win its first premiere league title in 30 years! Salah has the highest win rate of all players to have appeared in more than 100 matches. In the opening match for this season, he scored a hat trick, just to kick things off we imagine.
The rest of the top 10 list
6. Paul Pogba, Manchester United
Total Earnings: $34 million
Salary: $28 million
Endorsements: $6 million
7. Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona
Total Earnings: $33 million
Salary: $18 million
Endorsements: $5 million
8. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
Total Earnings: $29 million
Salary: $23 million
Endorsements: $6 million
9. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
Total Earnings: $28 million
Salary: $24 million
Endorsements: $4 million
10. David Ge Gea, Manchester United
Total Earnings: $27 million
Salary: $24 million
Endorsements: $3 million