Meet the 12 Highest Paid Soccer Players in the World

Soccer players are one of the world’s highest paid athletes. They also pocket huge amounts of money from endorsements.

Soccer clubs invest heavily in players by paying them well and expect them to win trophies and bring them glory. They consider some of their players their most valuable assets.

But who are the highest paid soccer players in the world and how much do they earn. Continue reading to find out.

12. Mohammed Salah

Pay: $25.1 M

Salary: $16.1 M

Endorsements: $9M

Age: 27

Nationality: Egyptian

Soccer Team: Liverpool F.C

Number: 11

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Mohammed Salah is a forward for the English Premier League Club Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. He’s often considered one of the world’s best soccer players and is famous for his speed, dribbling and finishing skills.

In the 2018/2019 season, he led Liverpool to its 6th UEFA champions league title with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. He also led the team to a fantastic premier league finish with just 1 point behind winners Manchester City.

Salah has appeared 87 times for Liverpool scoring 56 goals for the club. He has won 2 Golden Boots in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. He was the player of the season in the 2017/18 year and player of the month 3 times in November 2017, February & March 2018.

Mohammed Salah is one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. He has previously played for other teams such as Roma, Fiorentina, and Basel.

11. Gareth Bale

Pay: $27.1 M

Salary: $20.6 M

Endorsements: $6.5 M

Age: 29

Nationality: Welsh

Soccer Team: Real Madrid

Number: 11

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He’s a winger for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

Bale who joined Real Madrid in 2013 has won 4 UEFA champions league titles with the club in the seasons 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18. In the 2018/19 season, he scored 8 goals for the Los Blancos.

He started his professional career at Southampton in 2006. He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur and later to Real Madrid in 2013 in the then world record transfer fee of €100.8 million.

10. Antoine Griezmann

Pay: $27.7 M

Salary: $23.2 M

Endorsements: $4.5 M

Age: 29

Nationality: French

Soccer Team: Barcelona

Number: 17

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He plays as a forward for Barcelona and the French national team. Griezmann joined Barcelona in 2019 from Atletico Madrid. He made a total of 180 appearances and scored 94 goals for Atletico Madrid.

Since joining Barcelona in 2019, Antoine Griezmann has made 26 appearances and scored 8 goals for the club.

He was nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s player and Ballon d’Or both in 2016 and 2018.

Griezmann won the 2018 World Cup with France.

9. Oscar

Pay: $29 M

Salary: $27 M

Endorsements: $2 M

Age: 27

Nationality: Brazilian

Soccer Team: Shanghai SIPG

Number: 8

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Oscar dos Santos is an attacking midfielder for Shanghai SIPG, a Chinese Super League club. He has played a total of 89 matches, scored 27 goals and made 37 assists for the Chinese club. He scored 29 goals in the 2018 season and has scored 12 goals in the 2019 season.

He previously played for English Premier League Club Chelsea where he made 158 appearances and scored 24 goals for the Blues.

Oscar moved to Shanghai SIPG in January 2017 for an Asian transfer record of £60 million. He’s one of the highest paid soccer players in Asia and in the world.

8. Mesut Özil

Pay: $30.2 M

Salary: $23.7 M

Endorsements: $6.5 M

Age: 30

Nationality: German

Soccer Team: Arsenal

Number: 10

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Mesut Özil is an attacking midfielder for Arsenal. He became the most expensive German player of all time after a record transfer of £42.5 million from Real Madrid in 2013.

He has appeared in 166 matches for Arsenal scoring 32 goals for the club. He has scored 24 goals with the left foot, 4 with the right foot and headed 4. He has also played for teams such as Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen.

Özil won the 2014 World Cup with Germany. He’s the best-paid player at Arsenal and one of the highest paid soccer players in the world.

7. Kylian Mbappé

Pay: $30.6 M

Salary: $26.6 M

Endorsements: $4 M

Age: 20

Nationality: French

Soccer Team: Paris Saint German (PSG)

Number: 7

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He plays as a forward for PSG and the France national team. Mbappe is considered one of the world’s best players and is famous for his dribbling, finishing and speed.

According to a transfer value perspective by CIES, he’s regarded as one of the most expensive players in the world.

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mbappe became the youngest French player to score in the World Cup. He also became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final. He won the 2018 World Cup with France.

In the 2018/19 season, he scored 33 goals for PSG in 29 appearances.

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6. Alexis Sánchez

Pay: $30.8 M

Salary: $28.3 M

Endorsements: $2.5 M

Age: 30

Nationality: Chilean

Soccer Team: Manchester United

Number: 7

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Alexis Sanchez is a forward for English Premier League club Manchester United and the Chile national team. He joined the Red Devils in 2018 from Arsenal.

He has made 32 appearances for Manchester United and has scored 3 goals for the club. Sanchez has played 154 matches in the premier league and scored a total of 63 goals.

In 2011, Sanchez became the most expensive Chilean player of all time after a record transfer of £25 million from Udinese to Barcelona.

Sanchez is the 6th world’s best-paid soccer player.

5. Andres Iniesta

Pay: $32.5 M

Salary: $30 M

Endorsements: $2.5 M

Age: 35

Nationality: Spanish

Soccer Team: Vissel Kobe

Number: 6

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Andres Iniesta is one of the veterans in the game. He is a central midfielder for Japanese J1 League club Vissel Kobe with a 3-year contract with the club.

He previously played for Barcelona where he appeared in 442 matches for the club and scored 35 goals from 2002 to 2018. He’s often considered one of the best midfielders of all time and was a key player in Barcelona’s midfield.

Andres Iniesta has played in 24 matches for Vissel Kobe and has scored 4 goals. He’s one of the highest paid soccer players in the world.

4. Paul Pogba

Pay: $33 M

Salary: $29 M

Endorsements: $4 M

Age: 26

Nationality: French

Soccer Team: Manchester United

Number: 6

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Paul Labile Pogba is one of the best midfielders of his generation. He is the best paid English premier league player and the highest earning at Manchester United pocketing a cool 60 million/week.

According to Forbes 2019 rankings of the world’s highest paid athletes, Pogba sits at number 44.

In 2016 Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United in the then world record transfer fee of €105 million. The transfer remains the 4th most expensive in history.

Since 2016 he has made a total of 95 appearances and scored 24 goals for the Red Devils.

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3. Neymar

Pay: $105 M

Salary: $75 M

Endorsements: $30 M

Age: 27

Nationality: Brazilian

Soccer Team: Paris Saint German (PSG)

Number: 10

neymar

Neymar is considered one of the world’s best soccer players and dribbler. He plays as a forward for Paris Saint-German (PSG).

In 2017 Neymar became the most expensive player in history after a €222 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG.

He’s the best paid player at PSG and one of the highest paid soccer players in the world.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Pay: $109 M

Salary: $65 M

Endorsements: $44 M

Age: 34

Nationality: Portuguese

Soccer Team: Juventus

Number: 7

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the second highest paid soccer player in the world. He has bagged 5 Ballon d’Or awards, tying with his rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo has won 29 trophies in his career including 6 league titles and 5 UEFA Champions leagues. He captains the Portugal national team and is the first player to win 4 European Golden Shoes.

1. Lionel Messi

Pay: $127 M

Salary: $92 M

Endorsements: $35 M

Age: 32

Nationality: Argentinean

Soccer Team: Barcelona

Number: 10

lionel-messi

Lionel Messi is often considered the world’s best soccer player, the reason why he takes home huge sums of money. He has won 5 Ballon d’Or awards in his career, 4 of which he won consecutively.

He is the captain and forward for Barcelona and the Argentinean national team. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona.

Lionel Messi is the world’s highest-paid athlete and soccer player according to Forbes 2019 rankings of the world’s highest-paid athletes.


That’s the complete list of the 12 highest paid soccer players in the world. Here’s a recap of that list:

12. Mohammed Salah

11. Gareth Bale

10. Antoine Griezmann

9. Oscar

8. Mesut Ozil

7. Kylian Mbappe

6. Alexis Sanchez

5. Andres Iniesta

4. Paul Pogba

3. Neymar

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

1. Lionel Messi

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