Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two highest paid footballers in the world and that too by far with their after-tax salary contracts with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. We take a look at top 15 footballers with massive salaries as we head to 2017-18 season.
Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are by far the most highest paid footballers in the world. Both players have unique contracts with their respective clubs where they are paid salaries after tax. Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Real Madrid back in 2009 for a world record fee and he became the highest paid player in the world when he signed new 5 year deal with Real Madrid back in 2016.
His new 5 year contract is worth £76 million in total and he will be paid £365,000 a week after tax which means he costs Real madrid a handsome £39 million a year.
Who are the other footballers with big salaries ? Well the top 15 highest paid players list has 3 representing Barcelona, 3 Real Madrid, 3 Manchester United and three by Man City. PSG has Zlatan and Thiago Silva while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is also in the top 15 highest paid players.
Only Messi and Ronaldo are paid “after tax” salaries apart from them all players have normal before tax contracts. These salary numbers also include some performance claused bonuses and incentives and real salaries might be lower that what are quoted in the media.
When Ronaldo signed this deal Barcelona also facilitated Messi with a new financially improved contract back in 2014 which will keep the star at Camp Nou till 2018. His new contract will earn him as much as £275,000 a week after tax.
That is €20 million a year (£14.5 million) and this is after tax numbers making him second highest paid player in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo. These two are in league of their own both on the pitch and off it as well.
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||£365,000 after tax||£19 million after tax|
|2||Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)||£350,000 after tax||£18.6 million after tax|
|3||Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)||£320,000 after tax||£17 million|
|4||Neymar (Barcelona)||£289,000 after tax||£15 million|
|5||Luis Suarez (Barcelona)||£240,000 after tax||£12.5 million|
|6||Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)||£320,000||£15.3 million|
|7||Paul Pogba (Manchester United)||£290,000||£13.9 million|
|8||Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)||£260,000||£13.5 million|
|9||Pelle (Shandong Luneng Taishan)||£260,000||£13.5 million|
|10||Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)||£220,000||£11.4 million|
|11||Yaya Toure (Man City)||£230,000||£11.9 million|
|12||Sergio Aguero (Man City)||£230,000||£11.9 million|
|13||Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG)||£227,000||£11.8 million|
|14||David Silva (Man City)||£210,000||£10.9 million|
|15||David De Gea (Manchester United)||£200,000||£10 million|
|16||Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man Utd)||£200,000||£10 million|
|17||Thiago Silva (PSG)||£185,000||£9.6 million|
|18||Eden Hazard (Chelsea)||£185,000||£9.6 million|
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have signed bumper new deals at the Bernabeu, but are they the most handsomely rewarded players in the world. After both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo recently signed new contracts at Real Madrid with extremely handsome salaries, we look at the top ten highest-paid players in world football.
There are four Premier League players and the same number from La Liga in this list, with the remaining two coming from the extremely lucrative and fast-growing Chinese league.
According to reports, the best-paid of these footballers receive salaries of close to £365,000 per week, an eye-watering amount which only serves to fuel the belief that footballers earn too much money.It was only 16 years ago when Roy Keane became the first player to earn more than £50,000 per week, a figure that only slightly surpasses the current average weekly Premier League wage of around £44,000.
Footballer’s salaries have risen inexorably in the past couple of decades and it remains to be seen whether we will see a £1m-per-week player in the not too distant future.