Across the world, especially in Europe, football clubs and teams continue to battle to outdo one another both on and off the pitch.
Football clubs across Europe compete not only on the pitch but on financial strengths. Top European teams are always on the look out to shore up their finances and revenues.
There is no doubt that a team’s financial muscle plays a part on their on-the pitch activities. Teams like Chelsea, Manchester city and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have proven the above statements to be correct.
However, huge financial strengths don’t always guarantee huge pitch successes. Teams can spend heavy without achieving the desired success.
In other words, money well spent is what guarantee on-the pitch successes. Every summer, teams across Europe are always in the competition to attracts world biggest stars as well as retain those already within their ranks.
Time has changed in the game with player power syndrome more prevalent in the sports. Every summer, transfer records are broken in a bid to attract top players.
Also, records are broken on wage bills by European elite teams to keep super stars already within their ranks. Today players are offered mouth- watering contracts to remain with their clubs. The above situation is what necessitated this article.
Nigerian Informer will be discussing top five highest earning football stars in the world. Already, i know you already have some names and teams running through your thoughts.
However, the list is a bit surprising as there are shocks in the five (5) top football earners.
Top 5 Highest Paid Footballers
#1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Barcelona and Argentina skipper, Lionel Messi retains the top spot of highest paid football player in the world.
According to respected Spanish sport news outlet, ESPN, Lionel Messi rakes $ 126 million yearly.
The Barcelona talisman has a life contract with FC Barcelona and has a clause inserted in his contract which allows him to leave the club at the end of every single football season.
Though he was told that clause no longer exist as he failed to force a move away from Barcelona following a disappointing 2019/2020 football season. Messi is happily married with children.
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, continues to defile the law of nature with his unprecedented performances for Juventus.
Since signing for Juventus in the summer of 2018, the Portugal international has been a sensation at the Old Ladies stadium.
The former Real Madrid talisman goes home annually with $117 million. This is $ 9 million less compare to what Messi earns at Barcelona.
With his performances and form, Cr7 is expected to be at the top of the game alongside Lionel Messi for few more years.
#3 Neymar Junior (PSG)
Brazilian and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) ace, Neymar Junior is the best paid player in France. He is also third best paid player in the world with earnings of $ 96 million per annum.
The super star who tried to force a move away from the club in the summer of 2019, has remained with the Ligue 1 champions.
#4 kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Also on the list of top highest paid football players is PSG and France winger kylian Mbappe.
According to Forbes, the young attacker is fourth highest paid football player in the world with an annual earnings of $ 42 million.
The France international has been a sensation at French capital since his move from Monaco to PSG, forming a formidable attack with Brazilian international Neymar jr.
#5 Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
Completing the list of top five (5) football highest earners is Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohammed Salah.
The Egypt international earn around $ 37 million annually. The winger joined Liverpool from Italy football giant AS Roma after a disappointing spell at Chelsea.