We previously listed the current top 5 richest footballers in the world and their net worth that featured the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Rooney and Neymar. The list was not much of a surprise to many as those world professional football players are seen as the best in the sport.
Although, soccer is not the highest paying sport in the world, it remains the most popular and the most entertaining because of the fans, aura, the soccer players, clubs, leagues e.t.c. In this article, there are series of surprise faces in the names of the top ten highest paid footballers in the world 2021.
Before we delve fully into the list of highest paid football earners in the world that was put together by 90min.com, note that not all these players play in top European football clubs around England, Spain or even Germany.
The surprise faces in the list are mostly from the Chinese league. Players like Graziano Pelle, former Chelsea star Oscar and Carlos Tevez who moved from the Premier League to China is now one of the highest paid players in the world
Top 10 Highest Paid Football Players in the World 2021
#1. Lionel Messi – £40m-a-year
Lionel Messi is currently the highest paid football player in Europe and in the world. He recently signed a contract deal with Barcelona for a £26.4million per year minus other add-ons.
It could still increase if he wins the Ballon D’or and Champions league. The man generally regarded as the greatest ever has won everything bar a senior national team title. That wouldn’t matter much especially when you earn more than £550,000-a-week after tax.
Messi’s salalry in Euros per month is €8.3 million before tax making him the best paid player on the planet, nearly twice the amount that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Juventus.
#2. Cristiano Ronaldo – £30m-a-year
Ronaldo left Real Madrid after 9 years at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Portuguese star, who recently won Euro 2016 signed a lucrative £30 million per year deal with new club Juventus FC.
Ronaldo’s astronomical £500,000-a-week wage packet sees him come out on top as one of the highest-paid footballer in the world and in Juventus.
In Euro’s, C. Ronaldo receives €4.7million per month before tax at Juventus making him second on the list.
#3. Antoine Griezman – €3.3million
World cup winner, Antoine Griezman is third on the list following his recent transfer to FC Barcelona in Spain. The forward signed a deal that will see him earn a sum of €3.3 million per month to ward off interest from the likes of PSG and a host of top European elite clubs.
#4. Neymar – €3.3 million
As of today, Neymar is the one of the highest paid footballers in the world 2021 and the most expensive player in the history of the game. The ex-Barcelona star recently signed a 5 years contract with PSG currently that makes him earn €3.06 million a month after tax.
#5. Luiz Suarez – €2.9 million
Suarez is a Uruguayan international currently playing for FC Barcelona as a striker. He has won several trophies and is considered as one of the best strikers in the world. He currently earns €2.9 million a month for his wage.
#6. Bale – €2.2 million
Gareth Bale plies his trade for Real Madrid Football Club. He signed a deal recently that sees him earn £108million over the next six years until 2022 and £346,000 per week.
#7. Philippe Coutinho – €2.2 million
Coutinho is one of the best paid footballers in Spain and in the world and ranks 7th on our list. The Brazilian star can be deployed as an attacking midfielder and has been in hot form since his arrival to Barcelona from Liverpool.
He has since being loaned to FC Bayern Munich and has adapted pretty well to their philosophy.
#8. Alexis Sanchez – €2.28 million
He currently plays for Inter Milan as he is on loan from Manchester united as a forward and became the highest earner in the premier league after his transfer from Arsenal to United. He earns £500,000 per week including £75,000 for appearance and other bonuses for performance.
#9. Hulk – £16.5m-a-year
Though he is not the comic book Hulk, Brazilian striker Hulk earns a mouth watering £317,000-a-week in China’s most populous city. He joined his new club in December after leaving Zenit st. Petersburg.
#10. Graziano Pelle – £12.5m-a-year
The Euro 2016 star left Southampton in early December and signed for the Chinese club. He raised eyebrows given he now earns £260,000-a-week to become one of the highest paid footballers in the world.
#11. Thomas Muller – £11.5m a-year
Muller is a curious case because you cannot exactly pinpoint a particular part of his game that stands out. He seems to have it all, pace, shot, positioning, dribbling ability. The German who can be rightly tagged Germany and Bayern Munich’s best player earns a mouth watering £220,000-a-week.
#12. Ezequiel Lavezzi – £10.5m a-year
The Argentine who has lost three finals in three years with his country left PSG for China in December. The winger cum supporting striker earns a cool £200,000-a-week. Funny he left his former club for Hebei for a mere £4.7m transfer fee.
#13. Jackson Martinez – £10m-a-year
Does the money run dry in China? No apparently as Martinez cool £192,000-a-week contract. Martinez has bagged three goals and two assists in 10 games so far for Guangzhou who he joined in December from Atletico Madrid.
#14. Thiago Silva – £9.5m-a-year
The Brazilian is probably the best defender in the world alongside the likes of Gerard Pique, Diego Godin and Sergio Ramos. The former AC Milan defender earns £182,000 a week as captain of PSG.
Update: List of the Top 10 Best Paid Footballers In The World Currently
Recent Update: Where does Ronaldo’s £500,000-a-week Juventus deal place him?
Cristiano Ronaldo has secured a stunning £100million move from Real Madrid to Juventus and, in doing so, has sealed a £500,000-a-week contract.
His new deal in Turin sees his pay packet get bumped up dramatically, largely owing to Fiat agreeing to shoulder the burden of his £26.6m-a-year wages.
The new salary will also see him jump up to second in the list of the highest-paid footballers in the world, behind Lionel Messi (£40.5m a year) at Barcelona and before Griezman and Neymar (£31.7m) at Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo also earns more than Alexis Sanchez, who earns £23.4m a year following his move to Manchester United back in December.
Players currently plying their trade in the lucrative Chinese Super League also make the top-ten list.
Oscar, Hulk (both Shanghai SIPG) and Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune) all earn upwards of £17m, while Mesut Ozil’s new Arsenal contract sees him pocket £18.2m.
Kylian Mbappe, who has shone for France at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, raked in a staggering £15.9m during his loan season at Paris Saint-Germain last season – and don’t expect that to change anytime soon with top clubs clamouring for the 19-year-old’s signature.
Paul Pogba makes up the final spot in the top 10 with his £15.4m-a-year deal at Manchester United.
Carlos Tevez is now the world’s highest paid player with a salary of £615,000 per week. Neymar is the second with £515,000 a week salary he collects at PSG while Lionel Messi is the third with £500,000 per week in a contract he signed. Neymar Jnr (PSG) £515,000 per week
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £500,000 per week £26.4m per year.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £365,000 per week £19m per year. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) £346,000 per week £18m per year. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) £317,000 per week £16.5m per year. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £290,000 per week £15m per year. Neymar (Barcelona) £289,000 per week £15m per year. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) £260,000 per week £13.5m per year. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £260,000 per week £13.5m per year. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) £250,000 per week £13m per year. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) £240,000 per week £12.5m per year. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) £240,000 per week £12.5m per year. The figures presented here are their salaries before tax.