The Ten Highest Paid Soccer Players

The average American salary is only about $50,000. The United States President makes $400,000, some doctors break $500,000. Well, you don’t even need a job in that area to earn you big money. In fact, professional soccer players at the top of their leagues can make the President’s salary look like spare change. So without further ado, here are the top ten soccer players with the highest salaries.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

When people think of the soccer player with the highest salary,the usually go to Cristiano Ronaldo, but currently, they’re wrong. LionelMessi, an Argentine professional soccer player, makes 40 million euros(44.6million dollars) in salary. That would fetch you over a few mansions if youreally wanted and you’d still be left a millionaire.

            Lionel Messi currently plays for the FC Barcelona and the Argentina national football team.He and Cristiano Ronaldo are both rivals, and they have switched back and forth between the best paid soccer players.. In fact, they both are major competitors for the Ballon d’Or, which Lionel has won in 2009. Other notable awards Lionel has won are the FIFA World Player of the Year, the European Golden Shoe, the UEFA Best Player in Europe, and the Golden Boy.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Now we move on to the titans. Well Gareth Bale made a measly 18.5 million dollars, Cristiano Ronaldo makes 32 million euros(35.68 million dollars). That’s nearing double Gareth’s salary and it’s definitely not something to laugh at.

            Cristiano is a professional Portuguese soccer player who plays for the Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national football team. He has earned a multitude of awards, including FIFA World Player of the Year, UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the European Golden Shoe and the Ballon d’Or.

3. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

GarethBale is a professional Welsh soccer player who earns 15 million Britishpounds(18.5 million dollars) a year. He plays for the Real Madrid C.F and theWales national football team and he has won a multitude of awards. One candefinitely see why he has become this successful, with some of his awards beingthe FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, Premier LeaguePlayer of the Season, and PFA Players’ Player of the Year.


4. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is an English professional soccer player who plays for the Manchester United F.C. and the England national football team. He earns around 15 million British pounds a year(approximately 16 million dollars). To put that in perspective, the average American household sends around 63,000 a year. Wayne Rooney makes 254 average American household's worth of money.

5. Yaya Touré

Yaya Touré

A 15 million dollar salary, that’s over a million dollars a month. Yaya is a professional Ivorian soccer player who players for the Manchester City F.C. and the Ivory Coast national football team. He is an extremely skillful player, having earned African Footballer of the Year four times in a row. This means all that money doesn’t come without work, Yaya is a professional athlete who has earned his way up to where he is now.

6. Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a professional Swedish soccer player. He plays for the Manchester United F.C. and he makes quite the money of it. His current salary is 11.44 million euros(12.76 million dollars), which is more than enough to make a grown man cry.  Zlatan also won the Golden Foot award in 2012, an international football(soccer) award given to exceptional soccer players who stand out for their athletic feats.

7. Neymar Jr

Neymar Jr

9.18 million euros(about 10 million dollars), that is an extreme amount of money,bordering on excessive. This is Neymar Jr.’s current salary, and he certainly deserves it. He has won several awards, including the South American Foot ballerof the Year award.

            Neymar is a Brazilian professional soccer player. He plays for the FC Barcelona and the Brazil national football team. He is extremely skilled and came third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or(an annual soccer award given to the world’s best male player).

8. Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery

What would you do with a million dollars a year. Well if you’re Franck Ribery you better amend that question to what you would do with 9.3 million dollars . Franck Ribery is a French soccer player that gets paid 8.3 million euros(about 9.3 million dollars) a year.  He plays for the FC Bayern Munich(a professional German sports club), and has won numerous awards for his accomplishments on the field.

            Franck may make a salary that even the wellest paid doctors would gawk at, but he’s just the tip of the iceberg.Plenty of professional soccer players have, and are, making more. 

9. Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

7.28 million British pounds (about 9 million dollars) in a year.This is how much Steven Gerrard had made in 2012. That’s about enough to buy about 5 Bugatti Veyrons, a feat that not even the President of America could accomplish in 15 years. All that money doesn’t come without work though, Steven Gerrard is a professional soccer player for the LA Galaxy and is extremely adept at what he does.

10. Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

5.8 million British pounds, 7.2 million U.S. dollars, that’show much current free agent Emmanuel Adebayor made in 2012. It’s definitely not a salary to look down upon and no normal job could ever pay you that much.Yet,Emmanuel only manages to get tenth place on this list though, for the other players on this list make far, far more than anyone could possibly imagine.

            Emmanuel is a Togolese professional soccer player. In 2009 he won African Footballer of the Year. Being a free agent means he doesn’t belong to one single team, and has infact played for multiple teams including, but not limited to, Manchester City,Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspur.

Highest Paid Soccer Players