Highest paid soccer players

Posted by - February 21, 2015 - All News, Lists

Highest paid soccer players - Cristiano Ronaldo

Who are the highest paid soccer players?

There has never been a better time to be a soccer player at an elite level. With bumper TV deals, worldwide followings and huge prize money, footballers have never been so well paid. But who are the highest paid soccer players in the world?

Lionel Messi

Club: Barcelona
Reported weekly salary: £313,000
Argentina maestro Messi signed a new contract in May 2014 to reinstate him as the highest paid soccer player in the world. That deal is worth a reported £16.3m per year. His contract runs until June 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Club: Real Madrid
Reported weekly salary: £274,000
It’s no surprise to see this man among the highest paid soccer players in the world. Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo is thought to receive a weekly pay packet of £274,000. He signed a new contract in September 2013. That sees him earn £14.25m per year and ties him to the Spanish giants until 2018.

Radamel Falcao

Club: Manchester United (on loan from Monaco)
Reported weekly salary: £265,000
Falcao has been persuaded to make a couple of moves that haven’t necessarily looked the best on paper for footballing reasons. He joined then big-spending Monaco when he left Porto in favour of some more challenging opportunities. The Colombia international is currently on a season-long loan at United while they are out of the Champions League. That open-mindedness has proven lucrative.

Gareth Bale

Club: Real Madrid
Reported weekly salary: £256,000
The world’s most expensive player is not quite its best earner. Bale earned a massive contract worth £256,000-a-week when he left Spurs for the Bernabeu in 2013. That was reportedly the catalyst for Ronaldo’s bumper new deal.

Wayne Rooney

Club: Manchester United
Reported weekly salary: £250,000
Manchester United captain Rooney’s new contract was publicised as £300,000-a-week when he signed it in February 2014. In fact, that figure factors in some commercial rights and his basic wage is actually around £250,000-a-week. Nonetheless, he is still one of the world’s highest paid soccer players.

Robin van Persie

Club: Manchester United
Reported weekly salary: £250,000
Van Persie was offered a deal to match United’s top earner, Wayne Rooney, when he signed from Arsenal. The Gunners would not break their famously strict wage structure at that stage to offer salaries that would match those on offer elsewhere.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Reported weekly salary: £230,000
Zlatan signed a contract extension with PSG in 2013 to see him to the end of his career in Europe. The Sweden international is thought to earn £12m per year, which works out at around £230,000-a-week. He is under contract until 2016.

The £200,000-a-week club

There is a raft of players who all earn £200,000-a-week. This group of top earners includes Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and David Silva, and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez.

NB. These were the highest paid soccer players at the time of writing. The list is based solely on weekly salaries. Most players top up their earning with commercial arrangements and sponsorship deals. Neymar is one of the highest paid soccer players in the world, but the majority of his earnings come from sponsorship deals rather than his Barcelona salary.