Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers In The World (2024)

Football, world’s most popular sports is a very lucrative profession. The dream of every footballer is to play at top level and become a professional.

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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.

Earnings from both salaries, bonuses, advertisements and endorsements are put into consideration in this list.

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Here is the list of highest paid footballers and their current football teams. Some of the football players that made the list of best paid footballers are quite shocking.

#1. Neymar Jr. (Al Hilal) – £240 million/year

Brazilian football super start who joined Saudi Arabia side Al Hilal in the summer of 2023 is currently ranked the highest paid footballer in the world with massive annual salary of £240 million.

The former PSG forward send shocking waves across football lovers when he signed for Saudi Arabia professional league side,Al Hilal, joining the likes of Cr7 to move to the gulf nation league.

#2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr) – £173 million/year

Former Juventus and Portuguese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo sits at the second position of world’s highest paid footballers.

The former Real Madrid goal machine has five Balon d’or to his awards collections.

Cr7 as popularly called every year rakes in £173 million from his contract with Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia professional league football club.

#3. Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad) £172 million/year

Karim Benzema left Real Madrid in the summer of 2023 to sign with Al Ittihad. This move makes the Frenchman one of the highest paid footballers in the world.

The former Real Madrid Captain has joined host of super stars that have chosen to ply their trade in Saudi Arabia. Karin’s Al Ittihad contract will see the attackers earn a whooping $222 million annually.

#4. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £100 million/year

French forward Kylian Mbappe is currently the highest paid footballer in Europe with annual salary of £100 million.

He also made the list of world’s highest paid footballers as he sits on the 4th position. The Frenchman is tiped to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2024.

#5. N’Golo Kante (Al Ittihad) – £86 million/year

Former Chelsea midfielder who joined Saudi Arabia side,Al Ittihad makes the list of best paid footballers in the world with yearly income of about £86 million.

The Frenchman is one of the surprises in the list of world’s highest paid footballers. Kante endured numerous injuries during his last days at Chelsea before making a switch to Al Ittihad.

#6. Lionel Messi ( Inter Miami) £42 million/year

The world champion and former Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is at the mid table of top 10 highest paid footballers.

The Argentine attacker who now plays at USA earns annual salary of £42 million. He is easily the highest paid player in MLS by miles.

According to media, Messi will enjoy lots of commercial deals as an Inter Miami player and for playing in USA.

#7. Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona) £32 million/year

Barcelona midfielder, Frenkie De Jong with an annual salary of £32 million makes the list of world’s top 10 highest footballers.

The former Ajax player is currently the highest earner in the Barcelona squad followed by Robert Lewandowski. Frenkie is tipped to sign Barcelona extension in the coming months.

#8. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) – £30 million/year

Former Brazil national team and Chelsea midfielder, Oscar also makes the list of top ten highest paid footballers.

The Chinese super League Shanghai SIPG player is amongst the elite players that led exodus of super stars to the Chinese super League.

Oscar earns annual salary of £30 million which makes him the highest paid player in Chinese Super League as well as one of the top 10 highest paid footballers.

#9.Kalidou Koulibaly (Al Hilal) – £30 million/year

Senegalese defenders is the only African player to make the list of top 10 highest footballers with his summer move to Saudi Arabia professional league side,Al Hilal.

Kalidou Koulibaly has a contract with Al Hilal which see the former Chelsea and Napoli defender earn massive £30 million per year.

#10. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – £20.9 million/year

Real Madrid dominant midfield player Toni Kroos with an annual salary of £20.9 million completes the list of world’s top 10  highest paid footballers.

The former Germany national team midfielder is currently the highest paid Real Madrid player and has lifted many Trophy with the Spanish side.

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Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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