Football is one of the most popular and entertaining sports around the globe and football players are enjoying demi-God status among their fans, besides making tons of money. They are paid huge salaries and they also earn millions by brand endorsements, which make them some of the top earning people in the world.
Here is a list of world’s 10 highest earning football players in the world:
10. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is one of the leading football players in the world, who has recently moved from the Liverpool team to join the Barcelona team this season. The annual earnings of this well known player are $ 21.3 million out of which his salary is alone $15.4 million and rest is from different endorsement.
9. Yaya Toure
The Manchester City mid fielder, Yaya Toure, makes it next among the world’s highest earning football players in 2015, with the annual earnings of $ 21.7 million. He also plays for the national team of Ivory Coast. His salary is 19.2 million and rest is from advertisements.
8. Sergio Aguero
The eighth spot on this list is occupied by another Manchester City star player, Sergio Aguero, who scored the annual earnings of $ 23.3 million (Around $18.1 million from club salary and rest is from his endorsements). His aggressive game and goal scoring abilities have earned him a place of respect in this prestigious team.
7. Wayne Rooney
The British player, Wayne Rooney, who plays as the center forward for the leading team called Manchester United makes it on number 7 in this list, with the annual earnings of $ 25.4 million. He is the third highest earning British football star, just after David Beckham and Michael Owen. His salary is $19million where as rest amount comes from different sponsorship.
6. Neymar JR
The next name among world’s 10 highest earning football players in 2015 is that of Neymar JR, who is currently a part of the Barcelona team. The annual earnings of this Brazilian footballer are an incredible figure of $ 33.4 million. Around $16million comes from advertisement from big companies like Nike,Panasonic, Volkswagen and rest ($17 million is his salary ).
5. Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao, who was originally a part of AS Monaco Football Club but has now stared playing for Manchester United is the next to feature in this list. He is considered as one of the best strikers in the world and his annual earnings reach a whopping $ 35.4 million. Salary- $32.4 million / Endorsement – $3 million dollar
4. Gareth Bale
With the annual earnings of $ 36.4 million, Gareth Bale, the leading player from Wales, who recently became a part of Real Madrid, is the fourth highest earning football player in the world in 2015. He started his career as a Left Back, but soon earned a reputation as a talented offensive footballer. Bale earns a good sum of $25.4 million from salary and rest 11 million from various advertisement deals.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Featuring next in the list of world’s top 10 highest earning football players in 2015 is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who plays for PSG and is the leading goal scorer for his team. His annual earnings amount to $ 40.4 million. His salary is $36.4 million and $4 million is from commercial advertisements.
2. Lionel Messi
One of the most popular and highest earning footballer in the world is Barcelona super star, Lionel Messi, who has made it on the number two spot in this list with a massive annual earning figure of $ 64.7 million. His salary is $41.7 million and rest is product Endorsements.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
When we talk about the world football scenario, Cristiano Ronaldo is the undisputed king of the game, whether it is about performance, money or charisma. He plays for the prestigious team of Real Madrid and makes the annual earnings of $ 80 million out of which salary is $52 million and $28 million is from sponsorship.
All these players are regarded as the greatest, not only terms of money, but performance and popularity too.