The Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers in 2018

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The beautiful game (football) is one of the most entertaining and popular sports around the globe, while most people play it for passion and glory, others are making huge cash from the round leather game.

Learn how you can make money by reading this guide to football betting. This confirms the axiom that passion can also pay well. Here is a list of the top ten paid footballers in the year 2018.



Top 10 Richest Footballers in The World Right Now


  • Lionel Messi – $111m
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – $108m
  • Neymar da Silva Santos Junior – $90m
  • Gareth Frank Bale – $30m
  • Paul Labile Pogba – $30m
  • Oscar dos Santos Emboabo Junior – $27.5m
  • Luiz Alberto Suarez Diaz – $26.9m
  • Sergio Leonel “Kun” Aguero – $24.5m
  • Wayne Mark Rooney – $22m
  • James Rodriguez – $21.9m


  1. Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini

This 31-year-old left-footed football magician plays for Argentina and Barcelona. He is fondly called little Leo.

He is often known as the best soccer player in the world by his astute fans. Often compared to the legendary Maradona, because he has almost done all Maradona did in his days apart from of course the legendary “hand of god”. Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for five times tying with Cristiano Ronaldo. This start has also won the European golden shoe for a record 4 times. Unlike Most footballers who are loyal to only their paycheck, Messi has only played for Barcelona throughout his entire professional football career. He has won a total of 33 trophies, which consists of a whopping four champion’s league title, nine La Liga league titles and six Copa de Roy trophies. This phenomenon football wizard holds the record for the most scored goal in the La Liga, a total of 362.

Messi is known to worth around $111 million dollars this year alone, with around $27 million coming from sponsors alone and the remaining wages and bonuses.


  1. Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro

This 33-year-old Portuguese football magician often regarded as “GOAT” (Greatest of all time) by his fans. He is an all-around athlete, skillful and very fanciful. This star has won five Ballon d’Or, which is the highest for a European player. He also has 26 trophies in his trophy cabinet. He has won the league title in every club he has played for. He has about 650 goals for both club and country. In 2018 he rakes around $ 108 million, which includes mouth-watering endorsements totaling $47 million from famous companies like Nike and Tag house.




  1. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior

This 26-year-old soccer maestro is currently the world most expensive player. He achieved this feat when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for the world record of 222 million euros; He started his football journey at Potuesga Santista in Brazil at the age of six years before journeying through Santos, Barcelona, and PSG respectively. The star earns around $90 million in 2018, which consists of brand endorsements form companies amongst other incentives.


  1. Gareth Frank Bale

A 29-year-old Welsh winger who currently plies his trade with the Los Blancos(Real Madrid). However, the journey of this player started at 10 years when he started playing for the youth team of Southampton, where he was spotted by Tottenham scouts and he moved to white hart lane, before taking the huge step of playing for Real Madrid. He earns around $30 million, which includes $6m in endorsement deals.


  1. Paul Labile Pogba

This 25-year-old tall towering midfielder earns a huge amount of money. Pogba began his illustrious career in Roissy-en-brie, a small club in France at the age of six. He has played for Torcy, Le Havre, Manchester United, and Juventus. He is back at Manchester United now when he has was signed for the then club record fee of  100 million pounds which has since been smashed by Neymar transfer to PSG. This French footballer raked in a whopping $30 million in 2018. Out of this money, around $4.5 million is from endorsement deals from brand companies.


  1. Oscar dos Santos Emboabo Junior

Popular known as “Oscar”, this 27-year-old midfielder is one of the top earners in the year 2018. He started playing football at the tender age of 10 for Sao Paulo in Brazil, before going to Chelsea football club. He currently plays for Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG for a reported transfer fee of $60 million. In 2018, this player grossed $27.5 million which includes salaries and brand endorsements.




  1. Wayne Mark Rooney

Rooney is a 33-year-old target man for Major league soccer team D.C United. Wayne joined the Evertonian youth team at the age of nine years old from where he blossomed and moved to Manchester United where he became one the world deadliest strikers. He became Manchester United highest goal scorer with 183 premier league goals and the premier league second highest goal scorer with 208 goals coming short of Alan shearers 240 goals. This year alone, he is estimated to bring home $27 million, which consists of $5 million in endorsements and $22 million in wages.


  1. Luiz Alberto Suarez Diaz

Suarez is a 31-year-old hit man, who plays for Barcelona football club in Spain. He is an Uruguayan international who is famously known for his handball incident at the 2014 world cup against Ghana and the biting incident where he bit a fellow player at Liverpool. He has indeed moved on after these controversies to become lethal for both country and club side. Suarez started professional football at 19 ears for Nacional club in Uruguay before moving overseas to Ajax, Liverpool and finally Barcelona. He grossed around $26.9 million in 2018 which $20 million coming from wages and $6.9 from his other endorsement deals.


  1. Sergio Leonel “Kun” Aguero

This 30-year-old goal machine plays for the Mancunians (Manchester City) in England and plays his international football for Argentina. He has often been accused of playing his best games for his club than his country.”Kun”, as he is fondly called began his football career at 15 years of age with Independiente in Argentina. It is estimated that “Kun” made roughly $24 million in 2018 which includes $6 million from endorsement deals and brand sponsorships.


  1. James Rodriguez

The 26-year-old Bayern Munich goal poacher comes last of this list of top 10 best earners of the year 2018. James was the start of 2010 world cup where he shined for his country Columbia, from where he was snapped by Real Madrid. However, things didn’t go as planned with Real Madrid and he had to go on a Two –year loan at Bayern Munich where he now plays frequently. James generated around $21.9 million in earnings last year according to Forbes computation. These earnings include $7 million from sponsorships deals and another $14.9 from his wages.

There you have it. A list of the top 10 highest paid footballers in 2018.