Top 10 highest paid players in the world in 2021
Find out who are the 10 hig’hest paid players around the football world, as well as how the lik’es of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and more stars make th’eir money.
The 2021 summer tran’sfer window in Europe clos’ed on August 31, bring’ing an end to the wildest one yet. The unpredictability, twi’sts, and surprises were non-stop. Across an eight-week period, some of the hig’hest paid pl’ay’ers imag”inable swapped clubs in ‘new lucr’ative deals.
So who is the hig’hest paid player in the world now? Cristiano Ronald’o is the be’st-paid player. The Portug’uese forw’ard is set to earn $125 million in total before taxes for the season. His cl’ub, Manche’ster United, will pay him a salary of $70 mill”ion and the remaining $55 million will come from endorsements.
According to A’meri”can busi’ness magazine Forbes, CR7 will earn $15 million ‘more tha’n Paris Saint-Germain star Lion’el Messi.
How was this list made?
Clubs, agents, sponso’rs and football experts wer’e approached to determine an esti’mate for how much each player e’arns. All the figures mentio’ned in this article are before ‘tax.
Top 10 highe’st paid players in football
The most signific’ant change from 2020 is that Cris’tiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lion’el Messi as the world’s highe’st-paid player.
Meanwhile, Paris’ Saint-Germain have three play’ers – Messi, Neymar, and K’ylian Mbappe – inside the top ‘. Andres Iniesta, who plays for ‘Vissel Kobe in Japan, is the only’ non-European-based star on th’is list.
1. Cristiano Ron’aldo (Manchester United) – $125m
After a trophy-lad’en three seasons at Juventus, Rona’ldo is back at Manchester Unit’ed. The 36-year-old sealed a dead’line day return to the club where he firs’t tasted Champions Lea’gue and Ballon d’Or success.
Ronaldo has mad’e over $1 billion gross in his care’er and will bank another $125 mil’lion this season. Manchester ‘ will cover the lion’s share at $70m. While his sponsors, includi’ng Nike, will pay him an extra €55m before taxes.
2. Lionel Mes’si (PSG) – $110m
Because of Barcelona’s financial problems, Messi had to pull the curtain on a glori’ous 21-year spell at Camp Nou. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner prom’ptly sealed a free transfer to PSG. He signed a two-year contr’act wi’th the club in August, with an option for a third year inclu’ded.
The Parisians hav’e ensured that no player earns a b’etter salary than Messi at $75 million. He will also earn an extr’a $35 million in endorsem’ents for this season.
3. Neymar (PSG) – $95m
The world’s m’ost expensive player in history sign’ed a four-year contract exten’sion at PSG in May until June 2025.
Neymar has argu’ably already repaid their faith by helping lure his good friend’ and former Barcelona team’mate Messi to Paris. He earns the same $75 million salar’y as the Argentine but makes $15 milli’on less in endorseme’nts.
4. Kylian Mbap’pe (PSG) – $43m
While a Worl’d Cup winner, Mbappe still ear’ns significantly less money than Messi and Neymar. Don’t expe’ct that to last long, though, as h’is PSG contract expires next sum”mer.
A new bum’per deal awaits Mbappe, whet”her it’s at PSG or another club, next season. Thanks to his grow’ing profile, sponsors are already payi’ng the 22-year-old millions. In fact, EA Sports made him the young’est solo cover star of the FIFA foo’tball game in 2021. He is also the face of FIFA 22, making him the ‘first player since Cristiano Ronal’do to feature on the cover in co’nsecutive years.
5. Mohamed Sal’ah (Liverpool) – $41m
Salah is the ‘ paid African player in the world on a swe’et $41 million. The Egyptian will earn a salary of $25 million at Liverp’ool for this season, while als’o bagging $16 million from sp’onsors.
Given his impre’ssive feats at Liverpool, Sala’h is set to hold talks over a new cont’ract with the club soon. The forw’ard’s current deal expires in June “2023. His growing profile, meanw”hile, has helped reduce hate crim”es in the city itself.
6. Robert Lewand”owski (Bayern Munich) – $35m
The 2020 FIFA Best Player of the Year is out of cont’ract in 2023 and will surely have ea’rned one last big pay day.
Bayern Mun’ich will pay Lewandow”ski $27 million for the 2021/22 sea”son. Thanks to endorseme’nt deals with ‘brands like Nike and Head & Shoulders, the Pole will mak”e an extra $8 millio”n on the side.
7. Andres Iniest”a (Vissel Kobe) – $35m
Playing on the other side of the world has its per”ks, as Iniesta has discovered.
The Barce’lona and Spain legend has spent” the last 3 years in Ja’pan at Vissel Kobe. He continues to be a key part of the set-up and commit”ted his fut’ure to the club until 2023 by sig’ning a new two-year contract last April.
8. Paul Pogba (Man’chester United) – $34m
Another top ear”ner set for a big payday soo”n is Pogba.
At 28, the France intern’ational is at his peak and is out of c’ontract next summ”er. Real Madrid, Barcelo”na, Paris Saint-Germain, and Juven”tus are r”eportedly intere’sted in his serv’ices.
The summer arriv”als of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, howev”er, could ‘convin”ce Pogba to comm”it to Manc”hester United. The Red Devils will pay the midfi”elder $27 millio”n for this season”. With to”p bra’nds, such as Adidas, sponsoring him, he will collect an extra $7 mill”‘ion.
9. Gareth Bale (Real Mad’rid) – $32m
One player set to dro’p out of the highest paid playe’rs list soon is Bale.
The injury-hit Wale’s international is in the final yea’r of his Real Madrid contract. The chances of him staying in’ Spain next season are low, especi’ally with a $26 million salary. It’s lik’ely Bale will have to take a hug’e pay cut for whichever clu’b he joins next summer.
10. Eden Haza’rd (Real Madrid) – $29m
Another inju’ry-hit Real Madrid star earning’ big money on the highest pa’id players list is Hazard.
The former Chel’sea star earns the same $26 mill’ion annual salary that the club ‘pays Gareth Bale. He will also bag ‘an estimated $3 million from’ endorsement deals with McDonald’s, Nik’e and Nissan.