Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players 2018 – Footballers Salaries 2018 (UPDATED)Posted By: Bill Russell | June 22, 2018
Soccer is among the most followed sports in the world, which is counted among the best-paid sports of modern days. Because of its 250 million worldwide viewership, the famous soccer players get massive attention from the crowd especially from the football fans besides their extremely high yearly income. The clubs and national teams pay their player a tremendous amount of salary as they also earn big bucks from the jersey sponsorships and television rights fees. So without much surprise, highest paid soccer players stand among the top-paid athletes each year.
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Highest Paid Soccer Players 2018
Elite soccer players of various famous clubs also boost their yearly income besides their salary from the national teams and the clubs, with their vast endorsements and advertisement fees from megabrands. Recent FIFA 2018 World Cup has proved itself as one of the best platforms for the players to get a massive contract for the advertisements of various brands such as Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, Volvo and various other companies. And here is the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players in 2018.
10. Paul Pogba
Earnings: $21.2 Million
Salary & Bonus: $17.2 Million
Endorsements: $4 Million
The page-3 became colorful when one of the best modern playmakers, Paul Pogba, made a fashionable appearance in the MTV Europe Music Awards in London last year. With $21.2 million earnings under his name this year, Pogba holds the tenth spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018. Besides the $17.2 million salary from the Red Devils, the Frenchman has earned nearly $4 million through sponsorships.
He signed a $35 million staggering deal with Adidas in 2016 and became the flagship ambassador of the brand since then. Last year, he launched the Pogba Foundation to make a better world. Besides, he recently raised nearly $30 million from his Facebook fans in his 25th birthday for a ‘Save the Children’ donation.
9. James Rodriguez
Earnings: $21.9 Million
Salary & Bonus: $14.9 Million
Endorsements: $7 Million
After being the $15-million-a-year benchwarmer for Real Madrid, James Rodriguez consciously chose his transfer to Bayern Munich to get more playing time. With $21.9 million total income this year, he secured the ninth place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018. Moreover, his $7 million endorsement income also contributed a major chunk in his total income.
Last year, he signed new endorsement deals with Calvin Klein, Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei, and the financial trading platform Libertex. Those inclusions also raised the income of this Columbian star this year. On a contrary note, he needs to wear the no.10 jersey in every club he will move in future which complicates his transfer process.
8. Sergio Aguero
Earnings: $22.6 Million
Salary & Bonus: $14.6 Million
Endorsements: $8 Million
The 30-year old Argentine international, Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero, recently helped his side Manchester City to become the English Premier League champion in the 2017-18 season. Without much of a surprise, he holds the eighth place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with a total earning of $22.6 million this year. Besides, his endorsement earnings also touched $8 million this year.
Last year, Puma introduced his own signature boots which already took a good grasp of the market. Besides, he has endorsement deals with several companies such as Nissan Motor and PepsiCo which contributed significantly to his overall earnings. Moreover, his performance bonus for helping the side to emerge as the EPL winner also hiked the total income.
7. Luis Suarez
Earnings: $23.3 Million
Salary & Bonus: $17.3 Million
Endorsements: $6 Million
Known for his amazing striking ability, Luis Suarez significantly increased his marketability factor since his transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014. He currently holds the seventh spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with a total earning of $23.3 million this year. Besides, he also made $6 million through his endorsement deals.
Recently, he became the brand ambassador of ‘My Brand’ men’s line last year. Besides, he will soon launch his signature line of Sunglasses with shades manufacturer, Hawker. The Uruguayan soccer star currently has sponsorship deals with Adidas and PepsiCo. Without any doubt, his agent Alejandro Balbi did some splendid jobs for this soccer talent.
6. Wayne Rooney
Earnings: $23.6 Million
Salary & Bonus: $17.6 Million
Endorsements: $6 Million
Wayne Rooney created a huge media sensation last year with his return to his boyhood club Everton. With $23.6 million total income this year, Rooney holds the sixth place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018. Besides his $17.6 million salaries from his Premier League side, he also made nearly $6 million through his endorsement deals.
Paul Stretford’s Triple S Sports Entertainment made the swap deal possible for Rooney as a free agent. And for that transfer, his market value also rose a bit beside his total income. As a fact, he earns a majority of his endorsement income through his deal with Nike. On a different note, Rooney recently announced his wish to retire after the FIFA World Cup 2018.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Earnings: $32 Million
Salary & Bonus: $27 Million
Endorsements: $5 Million
Known for his legendary temperament and attitude, Zlatan Ibrahimovic holds the fifth spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with a total earning of $32 million this season. The Swedish striker recently switched from Nike to Adidas and then again rejoined Nike for his shoe deals. But, due to the lack of any permanent boot sponsor, his other earnings dipped significantly this year.
Managed by one of the best football agents Mino Raiola, Zlatan recently launched his own line of sportswear called A-Z or the Amateur Zlatan. Besides, he also made his fortune through his current endorsement deal with the Volvo group. But when compared with his salary, Zlatan’s sponsorship income went down significantly over the past few years.
4. Gareth Bale
Earnings: $34 Million
Salary & Bonus: $23 Million
Endorsements: $11 Million
Known for his brilliant speed and aerial ability, Gareth Bale recently won million hearts for his unimaginable bicycle goal in the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool. Besides being the first-choice winger for Real Madrid, Bale also holds the fourth place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with a total income of $34 million this year.
Recently, he secured his latest endorsement deal with Dubai-based training mask makers, the Altitude. Besides, Adidas also secured that he will be wearing their shoes till 2020. Moreover, he has several other deals with mega-brands such as Konami, Foot Locker, and Nissan Motor. Without much doubt, his market value will soon cross his previous records.
3. Neymar Jr.
Earnings: $37 Million
Salary & Bonus: $15 Million
Endorsements: $22 Million
One of the most marketable athletes in the world, Neymar, made a fortune through his transfer deal worth from Barcelona to PSG. With 37$ million total income this year, he holds the third spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018. Besides his 15$ yearly salary from the French side, Neymar also earned $22 million through his personal endorsement deals.
Neymar currently is in endorsements terms with several giant companies such as Beats Electronics, Gillette, Nike, Panasonic, and Red Bull. Without any doubt, his agent Wagner Ribeiro did some spectacular jobs for this 26-year old Brazilian. Interestingly, Neymar recently became the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers designed by the Swoosh.
2. Lionel Messi
Earnings: $80 Million
Salary & Bonus: $53 Million
Endorsements: $27 Million
Known as the ‘Magician’ of soccer, Leo Messi, recently led his side Barcelona to win the La Liga this season too. Besides his $53 million salaries, Messi earned nearly $27 million more from his endorsement deals this season. In December last year, he renewed his lifetime deal with Adidas. And, it contributes a significant part in his income this year.
Managed by his agent Guillermo Marin, Messi currently has endorsements contracts with several industry giants. And, that list includes companies like Huawei Technologies, Gatorade, Adidas, and Tata Motors. Without much of a surprise, Messi earns the second place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his $80 million total income.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Earnings: $93 Million
Salary & Bonus: $58 Million
Endorsements: $35 Million
One of the greatest soccer players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, recently won the UEFA Champions League trophy defeating Liverpool with his La Liga side Real Madrid. He marked his prominence as the flagship star in the winning campaign of Real Madrid’s 13th UCL trophy. Besides being a remarkable player, CR7 is also the highest paid athlete in the world right now.
With a total of $93 million earnings this year, he holds the top spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018. Cristiano will earn more than $50 million a year just from Real Madrid till his 36th birthday as per his current contract. Besides, he also has a lifetime deal worth $1 billion with Nike. Moreover, he has numerous other endorsement deals and his own line of clothing, fragrances, and hotels.
These players are pretty motivating and also superb strikers while they are in the field for 90 minutes. They are like a vigor cracker throughout the game. So, who is your favorite soccer player from the above list? Share Your Opinion About Highest Paid Soccer Players in Comment Box Below.