It’s not exactly a secret anymore that soccer – or football, as they say across the pond – is a very lucrative line of work. You don’t even have to play at a high level to make a decent living out of kicking a ball for 90 minutes a week.
Lately though, there’s been a huge influx of Chinese money that has changed the hierarchy of football wages. While there was a time where the best player in the world had the biggest wage, this is no longer the case. The Chinese Super League is buying moderate and/or old football players to boost their own league, with some pretty ridiculous wages to convince them to make the trip to China.
That said – top clubs in Europe aren’t paying too bad either. While there’s a lot of speculation regarding wages and the numbers can vary greatly, let’s try to take a look at the top 15 best paid football players in the world, based on the most recent (and trustworthy) numbers. Oh – and these are weekly wages, no endorsements or marketing deals included. Just in case you were wondering because of all the zeroes.
10. Neymar Jr. (Barcelona) – $371,400
The Brazilian wonderkid gets paid a decent Lamborghini each week. And let’s be honest – he’s worth every penny.
9. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – $372,600
The most expensive transfer in football history, and yet there’s 8 people out there that make more money than him. Must be because of all the unnecessary dabbing.
8. Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian) – $385,400
He moved to China last year where he got a contract of nearly $22 million, of which over $19,200,000 is his fixed wage and the rest is paid in incentives. Nice. Cash and carry.
7. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) – $411,000
The Brazilian striker, who was a teammate of Axel Witsel at the time they both moved to China, apparently made a better deal than his ex-teammate.