Soccer, world most popular sports is a very lucrative profession. The dream of every footballer is to play at top level and become a professional.
Being a professional footballer comes with huge financial gains and break through. It also gives lots of fame and privileges.
Away from the pitch, the luxury life of football super stars has left many youths having second thoughts about their career choices.
Annually, footballers earn massively in salaries and endorsements. In this post, Nigerian Informer will be listing ten (10) highest paid footballers in the world annually.
Earnings from both salaries, bonuses,advertisments and endorsements are put into consideration in this list.
Highest Paid Football / Soccer Players
#1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is the current world best football player and arguably the greatest player to ever graced the game.
The Barcelona skipper has spent all his club football career at Barcelona. He holds both Barcelona and La Liga all time highest goals scorer records.
According to a well-respected France magazine, France Football, the Argentine ace earns £122 million per year.
#2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus and Portuguese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo sits at the second position of footballers with highest annual earnings.
The former Real Madrid goal machine has five Balon d’or to his awards collections. Cr7 as popularly called every year rakes in £109 million.
#3. Neymar Junior
The Brazilian super star forced a move to Paris Saint German (PSG) from Barcelona in 2018.
The move made him Ligue 1 highest earner. The PSG striker annually earns a whopping £89 million.
#4. Gareth Bale
The Real Madrid winger is on top echelons of best paid at his club. Since signing for Real Madrid from Tottenham, the Wales skipper is yet to replicate his Tottenham form.
Every year both in salary and endorsements he earns £35.2 million.
#5. Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona and French winger Griezmann sit on number five of annual highest football earners.
The former Atletico Madrid player joined Barcelona in the summer of 2019 and earns an annual income of £34.7 million.
#6. Eden Hazard
Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard is at number six with annual earnings of £33 million.
The Belgium international joined Real Madrid during 2019 summer transfer window.
#7. Andres Iniesta
Despite having left Europe for Japan, the former Spain international is still hot on endorsements, bonuses and advertisements.
He currently plays his game at Kobe Vissel at far away Japan. Former Barcelona talisman earn £31.6 million yearly.
#8. Raheem Sterling
At number eight is Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling. The former Liverpool star and youth player has settled in nicely at Manchester City.
He is enjoying a fine football career under guidance of Pep Guardiola. The England international every year earns £30.7 million.
#9. Robert Lewandowski
The polish captain has headed Bayern Munich attack since joining from Borussia Dortmund. The goal poacher earns £27 million every year.
#10. Kyrian Mbappe
The young Paris Saint German winger is regarded as world most valuable football player. His annual income is £25 million.