Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers in the World


No doubt, the highest-paid footballers in the world are people you no doubt hear of their tremendous talents and exploits on the football pitch almost every week. Football has transcended beyond just a sport over the years and has produced super-rich individuals that make up the list of the richest athletes in the world.

With incredible talents at their disposal, the ability to dazzle opponents and mesmerize opposition and defenders with superb dribbling skill, speed, incredible pace, amazing shooting power, and amazing foresight to read their opponents, it is no wonder that these footballers are the best at what they do and top European clubs will do anything to keep them from their arch-rivals across Europe.

In this post, we detail the top 10 highest-earning footballers in the world, their clubs, and what they earn weekly with their club.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers in the World

These are the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world and how much they earn per week:

10. Robert Lewandowski – £350,000-per-week (₦245 million million)

Bayern Munich lethal finisher and Polish striker is the top 10th highest paid footballer in the world, earning £350,000 per week, which is about N245 million Nigerian Naira weekly! He is considered to be one of the most lethal and most dangerous strikers in modern-day football and has remained consistent for years now.

9. David De Gea – £375,000-per-week (N263 million)

Manchester United and Spanish goalkeeper is the 9th highest-paid footballer in the world and the only goalkeeper on the list. This means De Gea is automatically the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world, earning £375,000 (about N263 million) per week. While De Gea has slipped in performance compared to what he was some years ago, he is still one of the notable goalkeepers in modern-day football.

8. Kevin De Bruyne – £385,000-per-week (₦270 million)

Belgian and Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne is no doubt one of the world’s finest midfielders in recent years and this somewhat translates to why he is on this list. Manchester City currently pays the Belgian £385,000 (about ₦270 million) every week! De Bruyne is the highest-paid Belgian player in the world raking in a staggering £385,000 weekly.

7. Kylian Mbappe – £410,000-per-week (₦287 million)

French forward, Kylian Mbappe is the 7th highest-paid footballer in the world. The French star who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, also known as PSG currently earns £410,000 every week. He is considered to be one of the most dangerous players in the world, all thanks to his outrageous speed and strength. Mbappe is the third highest-paid PSG player after Neymar and Messi. Unfortunately, this might not be for long as the French striker is seeking to move away from the club to Real Madrid—the club of his dream since childhood.

6. Gareth Bale – £500,000-per-week (₦350 million)

Despite being out of the Real Madrid squad for a very long time, no thanks to the bad blood between himself and Zidane, former Real Madrid manager, Gareth Bale who is still a Real Madrid player but currently on loan playing for Tottenham Hotspur clinches the spot as the 6th highest-paid footballer in the world. He is currently paid an unbelievable amount of £500,000 (₦350 million) as weekly wages at Tottenham. However, Real Madrid still contributes to the huge chunk! Bale is the highest-paid Welsh player in the world.

5. Luis Suarez – £575,000-per-week (₦402 million)

Uruguayan forward, Luis Suarez is the world’s 5th highest-paid footballer with a weekly salary of £575,000. He currently plays for Atletico Madrid following his exit at Barcelona. Suarez was one of the players released by Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman for being ‘too old’. Unfortunately for Barcelona, Suarez led Atletico Madrid to a league win while Barcelona ended up as the third-best team in the league behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively. Suarez is the highest-paid Uruguayan footballer in the world.

4. Antoine Griezmann – £575,000-per-week (₦402 million)

French forward, Antoine Griezmann is currently the 4th highest-paid footballer in the world and his take-home every week is £5757,000; about ₦402 million in Nigerian currency. Fans and critics have argued that Griezmann is one of Barcelona’s worst signings as he has struggled to replicate his magic while playing for Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou. Despite the criticisms, Griezmann remains the highest-paid French footballer in the world, earning £575,000 weekly!

3. Neymar – £606,000-per-week (₦424 million)

Brazilian winger, Neymar Jr. currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain and earns a mouth-watering £606,000 (about ₦424 million) as weekly wages, making him the highest-paid Brazillian footballer in the world and the third highest-paid footballer in the world. Neymar was recently reunited with former teammate, Lionel Messi, who left Barcelona after over two decades.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – £900,000-per-week (₦630 million)

Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s second-highest-paid footballer with an unbelievable weekly wage of £900,000 (about ₦630 million)! The Portugal legend currently plays for Juventus and remains one the most notable footballers in the world. Ronaldo is considered the most complete footballer in the world and he still continues to perform and remain consistent despite being in his late thirties. Ronaldo is the world’s most marketable and most bankable footballer. He is also the highest-paid Portugal player in the world!

1. Lionel Messi – £960,000-per-week (₦672 million)

Lionel Messi retains the spot as the highest-paid footballer in the world despite moving to PSG from Barcelona. He currently earns a staggering £960,000 weekly despite being in his mid-thirties. The Argentine who switched sides recently moved to Paris as a free agent from Barcelona after the club could not reach an agreement with him. This means Messi is not just the highest-paid footballer in the world but the highest-paid footballer in Argentina!

Top 10 Highest-Paid Footballers in the World

Name Nationality Weekly Wage (GBP) Weekly Wage (in Naira)
Lewandoski Poland £350,000 ₦245 million
De Gea Spain £375,000 ₦263 million
De Bruyne Belgium £385,000 ₦270 million
Mbappe France £410,000 ₦287 million
Gareth Bale Wales £500,000 ₦350 million
Luis Suarez Uruguay £575,000 ₦402 million
Antoine Griezmann France £575,000 ₦402 million
Neymar Jr. Brazil £606,000 ₦424 million
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal £900,000 ₦630 million
Lionel Messi Argentina £960,000 ₦672 million


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