“While not in the same earnings league as Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, top-paid soccer players are getting within touching distance of the better-paid U.S. pro sports stars.”
There were not too many perks in football like kit contracts, sponsors, Champions League, increasing rapidly payouts from domestic and international television contracts as well as an influx of wealthy ownership groups resulted in surging football wages around the world.
Apart from that G.O.A.T Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are dominating not only in this beautiful game but their paychecks are in a class all their own.
Here is the list as follow:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United, Sweden)
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Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes fifty percent pay cut to stay at Old Trafford
- Total Earning: $32 million
- Salary & Bonus:$27million
- Endorsements: $5 million
- Sponsors: Volvo, Vitamin Well
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales)
The premier league was after him but this thunderbolt decided to stay in Real Madrid.
- Total Earning: $34 million
- Salary & Bonus: $23 million
- Endorsements: $11 million
- Sponsors: Adidas, Konami, Foot Locker
Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Brazil)
He is currently the only active football player who is earning more off the field than on.
- Total Earning: $37 million
- Salary & Bonus: $15 million
- Endorsements: $22 million
- Sponsors: Nike, Gillette, Police etc.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentine)
Five times FIFA’s best player of the year, partnering with some of the world most recognizable celebrity athletes.
- Total Earning: $80 million
- Salary & Bonus: $53 million
- Endorsements: $27 million
- Sponsors: Adidas, Gatorade, Tata Motors etc.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)
Four-time player of the year bursting the chart for the second time.
- Total Earning: $93 million
- Salary & Bonus: $58 million
- Endorsements: $35 million
- Sponsors: Nike, Herbalife, Tag Heuer, Pestana Hotel Group etc.
All figures are in U.S. $ and include soccer salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. Transfer fees are excluded. Earnings are for the period June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017.