Although football is not the highest paid sport in the world, it remains the most popular and entertaining sport because of the fans, the atmosphere, the football players, the football clubs, football competitions and everything that has to do with football directly and indirectly.
Forbes has published their annual list of the 100 best paid athletes, and professional football players were the four most common athletes on the list.
These are the top 10 best paid footballers of 2019.
10. Ángel Di Mariá – 19.9 million euros
Ángel Fabián di María born in Rosario on February 14, 1988 is an Argentinian professional footballer who manages to take tenth place as the best-paid footballer.
He usually plays as a wing attacker.
He signed with Paris Saint-Germain in August 2015, which paid for him 63 million euros to Manchester United.
Di María made his debut in 2008 in the Argentinian national football team.
In addition to the Argentinian, he also has Italian nationality.
Angel Di Maria earns 19.9 million euros annually, of which 18.1 million euros in salary and bonuses and 1.8 million euros in sponsorship, his biggest sponsor is Adidas.
9. Sergio Aguero – 20.7 million euros
Sergio Agüero born in Quilmes on June 2, 1988 – aka Kun Agüero – is in ninth place among the highest paid football players.
The Argentinian soccer player usually plays in the attack.
He signed a contract with Manchester City in July 2011 and extended it to mid-2021 in September 2018.
Agüero made his debut in 2006 in the Argentinian national football team.
His nickname Kun, stemming from his childhood, is a reference to a Japanese cartoon figure that has a small build and a hairstyle that looks like Agüero’s hairstyle.
Sergio has a turnover of 20.7 million euros, of which 15 million euros in salary and bonuses and 5.7 million euros in sponsorship, his largest sponsor is Puma.
8. Wayne Rooney – 23.8 million euros
Wayne Mark Rooney born in Liverpool on October 24, 1985 is an English football player who plays in the attack.
He exchanged Everton for DC United in July 2018.
From 2003 to 2018, Rooney was a member of the English national football team, of which he became top scorer of all time on 8 September 2015.
Wayne Rooney earns 23.8 million euros annually, of which 19.4 million euros in salary and bonuses and 4.4 million euros from his largest sponsor Harper Collins.
7. Luis Suarez – 24 million euros
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz born on January 24, 1987 is a Uruguayan professional football player who plays as a striker for the Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team.
Luis Suarez is often regarded as one of the best professional football players in the world.
And if you have football talent, then you have to be richly paid for it, and with a total amount of 24 million euros, he will be the seventh place among the best-paid football players.
18 million euros of this comes in salary and bonuses and the other 6 million euros he receives from major sponsors such as; Adidas, Pro Evolution Soccer and Gatorade.
6. Oscar – 24.2 million euros
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior born on September 9, 1991, better known as Oscar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Chinese club Shanghai SIPG and the Brazilian national team.
Oscar is in sixth place as the best-paid football player with a total income of 24.2 million euros, of which he earns 23 million euros in salary and bonuses and an additional sponsorship of 1.2 million euros with his biggest sponsor Adidas.
5. Paul Pogba – 26 million euros
Paul Pogba is the fifth highest paid football player, earning 26 million euros, consisting of the 22 million euros he makes through salary and bonuses and the other 4 million euros he earns through sponsorship.
Originally from France, Pogba plays as midfielder for Manchester United. His five-year contract guarantees him an annual salary of at least 17 million euros. Pogba has a ten-year agreement with Adidas.
4. Gareth Bale – 30 million euros
With an income of 30 million euros, Gareth Bale is the fourth best-paid football player. He earns 25 million euros through salary and bonuses, and 5 million euros extra with additional sponsorship.
The Real Madrid attacker is originally from Wales.
In May 2018, Bale scored two goals, including an iconic kick (bicycle kick), to lead his team to a third consecutive Champions League title.
In October 2016, he signed a contract extension with the club until June 2022.
Bale has a sponsorship contract with Adidas until 2020.
3. Neymar – 79 million euros
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, born on 5 February 1992, Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil, who is almost exclusively mentioned by his first name, is the third-best-paid footballer, worth 79 million euros.
From that, he makes 64 million euros in salary and deals and 15 million euros in sponsorship.
In August 2017, Neymar signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian attacker works with global sponsors such as Nike, Red Bull and McDonald’s.
He was the first football player to have his own adapted Air Jordan sneakers made by Swoosh.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 95 million euros
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos born in Aveiro, Funchal on February 5, 1985 is a Portuguese professional football player who prefers to play as left winger.
He exchanged Real Madrid for Juventus FC in 2018.
He previously played for Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United.
Until 2013 he was the most expensive footballer of all time.
In 2015, he became the all-time top scorer of the UEFA Champions League / European Cup as well as the most scoring Real Madrid player ever.
In 2018, he joined the ten players who won the Champions League five times.
Ronaldo made his debut in 2003 in the Portuguese national football team, of which he became captain in 2014 and 2014 top scorer of all time.
At the Euro 2016 won by Portugal, he became record international.
Ronaldo was named best footballer in the world in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
After Ali Daei, he is the soccer player with the most international goals.
Forbes ranked Cristiano Ronaldo as the second highest paid footballer in 2018, with 53 million euros in salary and bonuses from Real Madrid and 41 million euros in sponsorship, for a whopping total income of 95 million euros.
Ronaldo has a lifelong agreement with Nike Inc. (NKE) worth more than 1 billion dollars.
His other deals are Herbalife and EA Sports.
He has a line of CR7 brand products, including shoes, perfume and a children’s clothing line.
He is the world’s most popular athlete with 322 million followers in the field of social media.
1. Lionel Messi – 98 million euros
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24, 1987 is an Argentinian-Spanish professional footballer who usually plays as the right winger.
He moved on in 2004 from the youth academy of FC Barcelona, where he extended his contract in November 2017 until mid-2021.
Messi made his debut in 2005 in the Argentinian national football team.
Because of its height and speed, he bears the nickname La Pulga (The Flea).
Messi was named the best footballer in the world in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
According to Forbes, the FC Barcelona attacker is currently the highest and best paid footballer who receives 98 million euros in salary and bonuses.
His biggest sponsors are: Adidas, Gatorade, Mastercard, Pepsi, Lays, Ooredoo, Huawei Technologies.
Lionel Messi is also the second highest paid athlete in the world.
The best-paid athlete of the year is Floyd Mayweather Jr. with 251 million euros.