We all know that football is the most watched and one of the most popular sport in the world. Also known as soccer, it is celebrated worldwide with nearly every country having a national team. Considering the popularity, it is not difficult to imagine the hefty salaries and sponsorship deals the world’s best football players get. Here, we provide a comprehensive list of the world’s highest paid football player 2019 and the salaries that they get.
1. Lionel Messi
2019 Salary: $127 million
Lionel Messi is not just the highest paid football player 2019 but the highest paid athlete in the world. FC Barcelona’s star player landed a 4 year contract in 2017 which will pay him $92 million a year in salary and added bonuses. Along with this, he also has a lifelong endorsement deal with Adidas and other smaller deals with Gatorade and Pepsi, earning him an additional $35 million.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
2019 Salary: $109 million
Often cited as one of the best soccer player of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo is the the third highest paid athlete in the world. His transfer to Juventus is the most expensive transfer fee paid by an Italian club ever to acquire a player. His current salary is $65 million and an additional $44 million comes from endorsements. He has a lifelong contract with Nike along with other deals with EA Sports, HerbaLife etc.
3. Neymar Jr.
2019 Salary: $105 million
Neymar Jr. is the most expensive transfer in the sports history, in which PSG paid $263 million to FC Barcelona to acquire him. He has a salary of $75 million with the rest of the money coming from endorsements. He has signed a 11 year contract with Nike and has other endorsement deals with RedBull, MasterCard etc.
4. Paul Pogba
2019 Salary: $33 million
Pogba has the highest transfer fee ever for an English team, which was a whopping 105 million euros. His move from Juventus to Manchester United got him $29 million in salary. However, he engages in very few endorsement deals, thus getting him only $4 million.This money is primarily because of his endorsement deal with Adidas.
5. Andrés Iniesta
2019 Salary: $32.5 million
One of the most decorated players in the Spanish football history, Andrés Iniesta, ended his long running career in Barcelona and went to a Japanese Club, Vissel Kobe. He currently makes $30 million in salary and bonuses. He also makes $2.5 million through endorsements with Asics and his own winery, Bodega Iniesta.
Though the game of football is giving to every player who plays the game around the world. It is generally the the most talented players who garner these whopping amount of money. The players above in the highest paid football player 2019 list have worked day in and day out to get to the position they are in right now. For anyone of our readers who dreams to be like one of the them, you have work hard 24X7 and 365 days a year, to get to this position.