The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

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This list of the highest paid footballers in the world, by the France Football Magazine, is collated by adding their club salaries, endorsement deals, as well as performance bonus.

André Iniesta, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria among others on the list earns a huge sum that will make your eyes pop out in sweet fantasy.

Although some players whom you hope to find on the list such as Manchester United player Wayne Rooney, as noted by France Football, would have been ninth on the list, if the English football clubs had taken part in the survey.

Europe is well known as home of the big boys in the world of soccer, all the clubs featured are on the continent, while all but two of the players are actually Europeans.

List Of Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

9. Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona, 31)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now
Annual Salary: €15m (£12m; $17m)

Performance Bonus: €2m (£1.6m; $2.3m)

Other Income: €4.5m (£3.6m; $5m)

Award: ‘Golden Foot’ 2014, for personality and athletic ability

Team Position: Captain, known for his versatility.

8. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, 26)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €16m (£12.8m; $18m)

Performance Bonus: €600,000 (£478,600; $677,000)

Other Income: €7m (£5.6m; $8m)

Muller is something of a legend in Germany, having led the country to World Cup glory in 2014. As one of the highest paid footballers in the world, his extended contract with Munich to 2021 ensures his bank account will stay healthy for at least another half-decade.

7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 26)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €14m (£11.2m; $16m)

Performance Bonus: €500,000 (£399,000; $565,000)

Other Income: €10m (£8m; $11.3m)

The only Brit on the list, Bale was a wunderkind at Tottenham Hotspur before being sold to Real Madrid for a whopping €100 million. Corporations took notice too, and he is now the face of the Pro Evolution Soccer video-game series.

6. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain, 28)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €24m (£19.1m; $27m)

Performance Bonus: €800,000 (£640,000; $900,000)

Other Income: €1.2m (£960,000; $1.35m)

The first of two Argentines on the list, Di Maria left Manchester United last year to negotiate a huge wage with Paris Saint Germaine (PSG) — a team you’ll see again on here.

5. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, 31)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €23m (£18.3m; $26m)

Performance Bonus: €1m (£800,000; $1.1m)

Other Income: €2.5m (£2m; $2.8m)

PSG’s Brazilian captain is the highest-paid defender in the world. An endorsement deal with car company Nissan doesn’t hurt either. He also enjoyed a big bonus for his team winning the trophy treble last year.

4. Zlatan (Paris Saint-Germain, 34)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €20m (£16m; $22.5m)

Performance Bonus: €2.5m (£2m; $2.8m)

Other Income: €6m (£4.8m; $7m)

This Swedish player is a veteran by footballing standards, but has managed to negotiate a very nice salary with PSG for his final season there, as well as an endorsement deal with sportswear giant Nike.

3. JR Neymar (FC Barcelona, 24)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €20m (£16m; $23m)

Performance Bonus: €2.5m (£2m; $2.8m)

Other Income: €21m (£16.8m; $24m)

The youngest player to make the top nine is also the third among the highest paid footabllers, breaking the €40 million mark for the first time. If rumours of his move to PSG — who seem to pay a lot, if this list is anything to by — are true, that figure could swell even more.

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2. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, 28)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €46m (£35.3m; $51m)

Performance Bonus: €3m (£2.4m; $3.4m)

Other Income: €35m (£27.9m; $39m)

Messi was ranked the world best footballer by FIFA’s Player of the Year award. He has recently fallen below Ronaldo as the highest paid footballer. With an income of over €77 million (£53.3m); $26m (£18m)in endorsements and Messi’s contracts with sports-related giants like Adidas and EA Games, the Argentine player is still rolling in money.

1. Christiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 31)

The 9 Highest Paid Footballers In The World Right Now

Annual Salary: €48m (£36.7m; $53m)

Performance Bonus: €400,000 (£319,000; $451,000)

Other Income: €35m (£27.9m; $39m)

Ronaldo takes the lead as the highest paid footballers according to US business magazine Forbes. The Real Madrid star was said to have earned a total of $82 million (£56.7m), with endorsements and lucrative contracts with Nike, Armani, and, strangely, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc.

And now, the three-time FIFA Ballon dÓr winner, is the number one best paid team athlete across all sports.

Forbes has reported that Ronaldo has made $550m (£380.9m) over the course of his 14-year playing career, which began with Sporting Lisbon, while Messi, who has spent his entire career with Barca, has made $450m (£311.5m) in his 11 years.

So the rating continues! Neyar would definitely be next as the No. 1 highest paid footballers.