Football has turned into a big money sport since becoming the world’s most watched sport. The Viewership has brought a lot of money into the game that’s why players have mouth-watering weekly wages and endorsement deals
Following the transfers in January, Spanish tabloid Marca (via the Daily Mail) has released an updated list of the highest paid footballers in the world.
Check out The List Below;
10. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng)
Chinese Club Shandong Luneng paid a fee of £12 million to bring Italian striker Graziano Pelle to the Super League from Southampton in 2016. His £300,000-per-week wages placed him fifth on the list of highest earners in soccer back then.
According to Marca, the Italian currently earns £15 million every year. The huge salary was more of a fortune than an improvement, considering his £80,000 per week wages at Southampton.
Pelle joined the likes of Hulk, Nicolas Anelka and Oscar at China.
9. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Formerly the World Most expensive player, Manchester United in the summer of 2016 paid a whooping sum of £89 million to bring Paul Pogba back to England from Juventus.
The 24 year old French Worldcup winner is now the highest paid player in the English Premier League with a wage o of £15.4 million per year.
8. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
French Whizkid Kylian Mbappe is a newbie who made this list following his loan move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He currently earns £15.9 million per year.
Mbappe grabbed the Golden Boy award in 2017, beating countryman Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Rashford to the title played a crucial role for France As they Won the 2018 World cup In Russia.
7. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)
Brazilian Star Hulk has been known for Making Big money moves throughout his career. He joined Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG for a £45 million fee in 2016. His transfer from Zenit St. Petersburg was the highest Asian transfer back then, broken by the arrival of his international teammate Oscar to China.
According to Spanish Newspaper Marca, Hulk makes a whopping annual income of £17.6 million. He was part of the 2014 Brazil world cup Squad.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
One Of the Biggest stars of Football is Cristiano Ronaldo. Ahead of the 2009–10 season, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee at the time, of £80 million (€94 million). His contract, which ran until 2015, was worth €11 million per year and contained a €1 billion buy-out clause.
His contract got improved and earned £18.5 million per year before he joined Italian Champions Juventus in the summer.
5. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China)
Ezequiel Lavezzi is another player who made a switch to the Chinese league for money. The Argentine Was Signed from French Club PSG for £23.5 million by Hebei China, the Argentinian currently earns £20.3 million per year.
In his first season with the club, Lavezzi failed to justify his price tag, appearing just 10 times and scoring no goal. However, in his second season, he has redeemed himself with 20 goals in 27 games.
He Is now teamate with fellow argentine international Javier Mascherano.
4. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG)
Another Brazilian plying his trade in the Chinese Super League is Oscar. Oscar caused an outrage when he chose to join Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG in a £60 million deal in 2016 from Chelsea
He earns £21.1 million annually according to Marca and is the fourth footballer on this list who plays for a Chinese club. Oscar is teamate with fellow brazilian Hulk, who is also a top earner in 2018
3. Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)
Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United From North London Club Arsenal In a Swap deal which included Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way round. The Former Udinese And Barcelona attacker was an integral part of Arsenal’s FA Cup-winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017. In season 2016-17, the Chilean was at his imperious best, netting 30 times in 51 games for the Gunners
The Chilean Picked up the Famous Number 7 Jersey at United to become the Premier League’s highest earner with £450,000 per week wages
He earns a huge sum of £23.4 million a year.
2. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Brazil’s Captain Neymar Joined French outfit Paris Saint-Germain when they broke the world transfer record when they snatched Neymar from Barcelona for £198 million last summer. He arrived a few weeks earlier before Kylian Mbappe joined him at the club.
According to Marca. Neymar earns £31.7 million annually at the Parc Des Princes. He had 24 goals and 14 assists in just 23 appearances despite missing a lot of games.
1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Yes, and We are here at the Top Earner in Football in 2018. Lionel Messi became the ultimate earner in the game following Carlos Tevez’s move back to Boca Juniors this January.
The Captain of Spanish giants Barcelona earns £40.5 million a year, according to Marca. There’s no doubt Leo Messi performs equally well in every game and deserves the money he earns at the club
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