Being a football player is one of the most lucrative jobs that anyone could have, but with all the discussions regarding the money involved does anyone actually know how much money the best of the best are paid? Here we look at the top 10 paid players in world football today.
The top 10 of the highest paid footballers starts off with Angel Di Maria, with his contract at oil rich Paris Saint Germain earning him $2,572.86 an hour according to research from Betting Sites. Having also played at Real Madrid and Manchester United in his career, it’s fair to say that Di Maria will be fairly comfortable when it comes to career earnings.
Earning around $100 an hour more than his compatriot is Argentine Sergio Aguero who English side Manchester City are paying $2,675.32 an hour for his goals. Having recently become their all-time top scorer, you can say that they are definitely getting their money’s worth.
In 8th place, we move on to the second Uruguayan on the list in Luis Suarez, who is earning $3,062.39 an hour having moved to Barcelona from Liverpool. Despite having disciplinary issues in the past, the player has gone on to be the frontman that Barcelona needed to compliment Lionel Messi.
Next we move on to the first British player to join the list in Wayne Rooney, who is currently on the books of Major League Soccer side DC United being paid $3,073.77 an hour. Having won countless trophies in England with Manchester United, and then returned to his boyhood club Everton, England’s all-time record goalscorer moved on to America in order to try and help build the brand of football in the United States.
The highest paid player not playing in Europe is in 6th place on the list with former Chelsea man Oscar being paid $3,119.31 an hour by Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG. The Brazilian star has previously discussed his surprising move by saying he moved to ensure a better future for his family and not for football reasons, which has been met with a backlash from some football purists.
Entering the top 5, we have the last player from the English Premier League in World Cup Winner and Manchester United star Paul Pogba. The Frenchman may have had his run ins with managers at both club and international level, but he is still being paid $3,358.38 an hour after his return to the club that he left on a free transfer at the age of 19. He is yet to provide the major silverware that he was bought in for.
We now have the only other British player on the list in Gareth Bale who left Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid for a then world record fee of over $100 million. His time at Real Madrid has been full of highs and lows and a reported strained relationship with the fans has hampered his progress throughout. He is still paid a reported $3,938.98 an hour by the Spanish club. His winning goal in the Champions League final may have helped this figure.
The top three is started off by the player who stole the world record fee from Bale in Neymar Jr, who moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain for over $200 million. A fee that is yet to be beaten and is unlikely to beaten in the near future. Despite the high fee, and not yet providing the UEFA Champions League trophy that his club so badly wants, he is still paid a reported $10,245.90 an hour. This wage is miles ahead of the 4th place and shows the disparity between the top three best players and the rest.
The top two places could go to no one else but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have dominated football headlines for years. Their rivalry goes beyond the pitch with many football fans choosing one to follow as their GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) and using many facts to back up their claims. In terms of money, however, there can only be one winner and this crown goes to the Argentine captain Messi. He earns a reported $12,636.61 an hour compared to $12,295.08 earned by his Portuguese rival.
In total, $56,978.60 is paid per hour to the top 10 players in the World, in just their salary earnt. They will more than likely earn double or triple this when you include the sponsorship deals and bonuses that are paid to them. Do you think these players are worth their money? Have they earned it? Some of the facts around these players do suggest that their respective clubs have got their money worth.
Infographic source: https://www.betting-sites.uk.com/soccer-earnings/