The sports industry is one of our favorites and one of the highest grossing ones. There is something in sports that make us go crazy and act a bit primitive from time to time. We have the colors, the merchandising, the statistics, the rituals, and above all the passion.
Inside the world of sports, one of the biggest and most important ones is soccer. It’s actually the most popular game in the world as well as one of the top payed job. The players get millions not only by their clubs but as well from ads and sponsorships, and get to live the good life, just ask David Beckham.
But inside this world of luxury, high impact and fame there’s a royalty of athletes, a kind of modern day hero and for many role models. And inside this royalty they’re some massive paychecks that come along with tons of benefits. Here we leave you with the top 10 highest paid soccer players of the world.
10.Eden Hazard ($22 Millions)
The Belgium and Chelsea FC wing. Obviously a Chelsea player had to be on the list since it’s one of the richests of the world. They give Hazzard an $18 Million per year salary, plus bonus for title winning and $4 Million bonus earned in endorsements.
9.Luis Suárez ($23 Millions)
The controversial FC Barcelona and Uruguay striker is not only one of the best attacking players in the world but one with the highest grossings. His big pay check plus bonuses come from Barcelona club but as also from winning prizes like The Golden Boot and $5 Million in advertisement. A big bite of the good life isn’t it?
8.Sergio Agüero ($24 Millions)
The argentinian is not only one of the greatest attacking players of the world, he is one of Messi’s best friends and was married to Maradona’s daughter, all argentinian football royalty. His salary and bonuses from Manchester City, a money based club, are up to $17 Millions. Add $5 Millions to that in sponsorship from Gillette, Pepsi and Puma.
7.James Rodriguez ($25.4 Millions)
The colombian sensation midfielder plays for Real Madrid FC earns him a big fat paycheck. He also gets a lot from advertisement from Adidas and being the face of innumerable products from his native Colombia.
6.Wayne Rooney ($26 Millions)
The England and Manchester United captain and number 10 is not only a worldwide known player. He is also known for his resemblence to Shrek. Playing for the United, and at the level he ussually does, earn him a $20 Million salary plus bonuses. But he also gets a big $6 Million slice out of being sponsored by Nike, Harper Collins and Samsung.
5.Gareth Bale ($34 Millions)
Logically when you play for the richest club in the world and have been their highest paid contratation you will get a $24 Million salary. The Wales captain and star that lead his country in the Euro 2016 to a semifinal has an extra $10 Million in endorsement of Adidas, EAsports and Luozade.
4.Neymar Jr ($36 Millions)
The Barcelona star is their highest payed transfer and it’s Brazil National team captain. He earns a modest $14 Million. But thanks to his skills, he makes up to $22 Million in sponsorship from Nike, L’Oreal, Castrol, Panasonic and Volkswagen. Along Suárez and Messi, he forms the most dangerous attacking trio in Europe.
3.Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($37 Millions)
The biggest man in Sweden, according to him, and his captain, is not only one of the richest players he also has an incredible collection of clubs he has played for, and a lot of titles in his back. Besides being known for his size and ability he has a bigger nose, ego and salary. Having a $30 Millions salary playing for Manchester United and another $7 Millions in sponsorship by Nike and tons of products in his native Sweden.
2.Lionel Messi ($77 Millions)
The Barcelona and Argentina legend. For many the best in the world and the leader of MSN. He has broke all the possible records and has won everything that it’s to win, except at national level. For all that talent packed in a portable size he is given a $51 Millions plus bonuses. Additionally he gets a $26 Million grossing thanks to sponsorship. He represents some major brands like Adidas, Herbalife, Pepsi, Samsung, and Turkish Airlines
1.Cristiano Ronaldo ($82 Millions)
The best player in the world. The Real Madrid portuguese star is another legend winning everything possible for a player and breaking tons of records, including best paid player and the highest transfer in Real Madrid’s history. Something that Bale claimed more recently. He not only takes the upperhand against messi in size or salary he has had more success being the captain of Portugal winning Euro2016. His earnings go to $53 Millions in salary and $29 Millions in sponsorship. He endorses Nike, Herbalife, Samsung and Emirates.