New Names in Highest-Paid Footballers List (Updated)

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Highest-Paid Footballers

Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers List

Here’s the complete list of the world’s highest-paid footballers, as compiled by Finance Football.

10. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is the tenth highest paid footballer in the world. Rooney is considered to be one of England’s most talented players and Manchester United are paying an eye-watering amount of £260,000 a week to keep their captain at Old Trafford.

Team: Manchester United

Earnings: €15,8 million (R233 million)

9. Axel Witsel 

Axel Witsel

Axel Witsel is one of the highest paid footballer in the world. Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel (born 12 January 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. During his play for the Belgium national team, he came into the first team as a right-winger, and can also play attacking midfielder, though his natural position is as a central midfielder. He made his senior international debut in 2008 and has earned over 70 caps for Belgium, representing the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.

Team: Tlajin Quanjian

Earnings: €16 million (R235,9 million)

8. Neymar da Silva Santos 

Neymar (Barcelona)

Neymar is the eight highest paid footballer in the world.  The 24-year-old recently signed a 5-year contract extension amid rumours of interest from PSG and Manchester United and Barcelona significantly increased his weekly wages, raising it by almost £60,000 per week.

Team: Barcelona

Earnings: €17,6 million (R259,6 million)

7. Paul Pogba 

Paul Pogba 

Paul Pogba became the world’s most expensive transfer when he made a stunning  £89 million move to Manchester United from Juventus in the summer. Still only 23, Pogba is already among the best-paid players in the world with the Premier League giants tying him down to a long-term contract and paying an immense amount of money for his vast potential.

Team: Manchester United

Earnings: €17,7 million (R261,1 million)

6. Gareth Bale 

Gareth Bale 

One of the fastest footballers in the world, Gareth Bale is known for his pace, skill, agility and ability to get past defenders due to his awesome acceleration. Backed to be the best player in the world in the future by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane, Bale recently signed a bumper new contract on 30th October which will keep him at Santiago Bernabeu until 2022.

Team: Real Madrid

Earnings: €19,5 million (R287,6 million)

5. Hulk


Brazilian forward Hulk turned some heads when he made a scarcely believable Asian record €55.8 million transfer to Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG. The former Zenit St.Petersburg man also became one of the highest-paid footballers in the world in the process. Hulk had a bad start to his career at Shanghai SIPG when he was stretchered off due to a muscle injury in his first game. However, after a two-month lay-off, Hulk showed his worth when he scored two goals in his first game back.

Team: Shanghai SIPG

Earnings: €20 million (R294,9 million)

4. Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior 

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior 

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior born 9 September 1991), better known as simply Oscar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG and the Brazil National Team.

Team: Shanghai SIPG

Earnings: €24,4 million (R359,9 million)

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

The only footballer ever to win the Ballon d’Or five times, Lionel Messi is an absolute phenomenon. The diminutive Argentine has been Barcelona’s main man since 2008 and has put in some spell bounding performances in La Liga and the Champions League.

Team: Barcelona

Earnings: €36 million (R530,9 million)

2. Carlos Tévez 

 Carlos Tevez

Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez just won the lottery when he made an extremely lucrative move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. Undoubtedly the most high-profile player in the uber rich league, Tevez is making a killing with his £615,000/week a salary. Just to put things into perspective, the Argentine earns close to £29,285 while sleeping.

Team: Shanghai Shenhua

Earnings: €37,5 million (R553,08 million)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

One of the two stand out footballers of this generation along with Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is one of the greatest players ever to play the beautiful game. Ronaldo’s goal scoring exploits have been mind boggling considering the fact that he plays as a winger on most occasions. The Portuguese superstar first captured the world’s attention at Manchester United, putting in some stunning performances, leaving defenders flat-footed with his dazzling skills. After his move to Real Madrid, Ronaldo took his game to a whole new level becoming one of the best goalscorers ever to play the game.

Team: Real Madrid

Earnings: €38,9 million (R573,7 million)