Top paid footballers: From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo, check 10 highest earners of world football – The recently concluded transfer window saw massive will be the one for the history books as it saw top players made unprecedented moves in the summer. With new clubs, new deals were signed with many players seeking a significant increase in their wage packets this summer. Let’s have a look at the top paid footballers in the ongoing 2021-2022 season.
Top 10 highest earners in football in 2021
10. Robert Lewandowski- 483,000 dollars
Bayern Munich star Lewandowski is the only player from Bundesliga who makes the cut to be amongst the highest-paid footballers. The Polish international is Bundesliga’s all-time leading foreign scorer having an incredible goalscoring record over the past decade. He has won the German top-flight league nine times, seven times with Bayern and twice with Dortmund.
9. David de Gea – 517,000 dollars
The Manchester United goalkeeper is the highest-earning goalkeeper in the world and also the only Spanish player and to break into the top 10 list. He has been the club’s No.1 choice since joining the Red Devils from Atletico Madrid over a decade ago.
Enjoy Reds 🔴🔥 pic.twitter.com/fCDPiUVlSR
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) August 29, 2021
8. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 531,000 dollars per week
The Belgium international is amongst the highest earners in the Premier League after he signed a new contract with Manchester City and decided to extend his stay at the Eithad. He has been a vital part of the Citizens and playing a crucial role in their 3 Premier League title wins over the last six years.
11 trophies ago! 🏆😝 https://t.co/9n6gVrMtqr
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) August 30, 2021
7. Cristiano Ronaldo – 531,000 dollars
The Portuguese forward took a massive pay cut when he decided to leave Juventus in order to complete a sensational comeback to Manchester United. The Portuguese international used to earn more than double what he’ll currently earn at Old Trafford. However, he still remains in the top 10 and is the joint-top earner in the Premier League alongside Kevin De Bruyne.
É sempre um orgulho voltar à seleção e representar o nosso país!🇵🇹🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/YUvX8Zunyg
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) August 30, 2021
6. Kylian Mbappe – 566,000 dollars
The 22-year-old World Cup winner has been one of the most consistent performers over the last few years. PSG signed him on a record deal which made him one of their highest-earning players. Currently ranked sixth on the table, Kylian Mbappe is one amongst three Paris Saint-Germain stars that feature on this list.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 30, 2021
Top paid footballers: From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo, check 10 highest earners of world football
5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 690,000 dollars
The Welshman is one of the highest-paid players at Real Madrid and also amongst the top 5 players with the biggest weekly wages. Despite his reputation at the club, Bale remains to pocket a hefty amount of money every week a he looks to rejuvenate his career following the return of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) August 15, 2021
4. Antoine Griezmann- 793,000 dollars
Griezmann became Barcelona‘s top 10 earners after Lionel Messi left the Camp Nou side for PSG this summer. His salary of 793,000 dollars was one of the highest that the Catalan Giants were playing to any player behind Messi. However, the Frenchman completed a deadline day move from FC Barcelona and returned to Atletico Madrid. According to Marca, Griezmann is set to earn the same amount of wages at Atletico Madrid which keeps him in the top 5 highest earners for the season.
Mann, what a day.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 1, 2021
3. Luis Suarez – 793,000 dollars
Griezmann‘s new teammate Luis Suarez is a surprise name in the top three highest earners. The Uruguay striker has been earning 793,000 dollars weekly at the club since joining the Wanda Metropolitano outfit from the Blaugrana side. He has excelled at Atletico Madrid leading the club to their LaLiga Santander title win last season.
2. Neymar – 836,000 dollars
The Brazilian international was Paris Saint-Germain’s top-most earner last season but is now the second-highest PSG star. He took over the slot from Ronaldo who has slipped down the ranking following his move to Man United. The Brazilian forward will be eager to continue not only pocketing such massive wage but also relish the opportunity to play alongside PSG’s latest recruit and the highest earner in World football, Lionel Messi.
1. Lionel Messi – 1,325,000 dollars
The 34-year-old is one of the best players on the planet and perhaps the greatest of all time. It comes as no surprise that the Argentine pockets one of the biggest wages in the sport. he joined Paris Saint-Germain after his sensational exit from Barcelona. He is now the only footballer to earn more than 1m dollars every week as his base salary. His weekly earnings could go even higher depending upon the bonuses apart from his various sponsorships deals and other sources of revenue.
Disclaimer- The above-mentioned figures are details of players with the biggest basic pay and have been collected by Radio Times. They do not necessarily indicate who earns the most as the numbers do not include excluding any extra bonuses or payments.