Soccer is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 150 countries making it the world most popular sport. The game is played is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. Soccer is one of those sports that apart from its spirit and thrill also feature among the top highest paying games in the current time. The soccer players are in the spotlight and have their own fan following too. There is always mixed reactions about this commercialization from spectators around the globe.
The clubs and national teams pay their players huge amount of salary as they also earn big bucks from the jersey sponsorship and television rights fees. Soccer fans also follow the U.S national teams in international competition. Portuguese national soccer player Cristinao Ronaldo is widely known as the CR7 and currently plays for Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga BBVA. Cristinao Ronaldo is highest paid soccer players. Here we are made to list of top 12 highest paid soccer players especially for the year 2016.
- Cristiano Ronaldo $73 million:
Cristiano Ronaldo was born 5 February 1985 a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal. He is earned a total net worth of $206 million for his 5 years contract with Spanish club Real Madrid. Ronaldo was the first player in England to win all four main PFA and FWA awards in 2007. Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his transfer from Manchester united which made him the most expensive footballer in history. He is at the same time most paid and most popular athlete in the world.
2. Lionel Messi $65 million:
FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first team player. They have the two biggest social media followings in the world among athletes with a combined 138 million Facebook fans. In turn so has the Spanish tax authority investigated him and his father for image rights tax evasion and ordered him to pay $65 million. Messi deal is expected to keep in with Barca through at least 2018. It is the seventh contract in Messi 11 years with Barcelona.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic $34 million:
Swedish national football player is paid $34 million every year collectively by club and endorsements. Ibrahimovic is one of ten players to have made 100 more appearances for the Swedish national team and is the country all time leading goal scorer in international matches with 62 goals. Ibrahimovic is regarded as one of the best strikers in the game and one of the best footballers of his generation. Ibrahimovic is the present captain for Swedish national team.
4. Neymar Jr $28 million:
To be a successful poker player you require many of the same skills needed to be a successful footballer mental strength is important resilience patience, composure, and focus he said. I love the challenge whether it is on the football pitch or at the poker table. Neymar is a total earning of $28 million per year according to the recent year is salary statistics. Neymar Jr is a young and extremely charismatic megastar who loves interacting with fans on social media is comfortable on camera and loves the game of poker. The football player will take part in a number of celebrity duels which includes football fans and poker players who will get to interact with the star and of course play a game of poker.
5. Radamel Falcao $26 million:
Radamel Falcao 10 February 1986 is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club. Chelsea new boy Radamel Falcao insists he needs time to settle into life at Stamford Bridge before he is able to show his best form at the premier league champions. Radamel Falcao makes a total earning of $26 million per year according to the recent years salary statistics. Falcao made his full international debut for Colombia in 2007 and has since earned over 60 caps and scored 25 goals for the team making him their top scorer of all time.
6. Gareth Bale $24 million:
Gareth Bale was born 16 July 1989 a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Real Madrid and the Wales National team. He began his professional career at Southampton playing at left back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. He is a cost of Gareth Bale $24 million. Bale made his senior international debut for Wales in May 2006 becoming the youngest player at the point to represent the nation. He made since earned over 50 caps and scored 19 international goals making him Wales joint highest scorer of all time. Very quickly he acclaimed his name as a free kick specialist.
7. Wayne Rooney $22 million:
His current major sponsors are sports mega brand Nike as well as Samsung and Harper Collins for which he appeared in numerous ad campaigns throughout the world. He also earns $22 million from his endorsements each year. England’s national soccer player Wayne Mark Rooney is widely known just as Wayne Rooney and currently plays for Manchester United in the English Premier League. He is also the fan favorite in terms of jersey sales.
8. Sergio Aguero $21 million:
Sergio Aguero is an Argentine professional soccer player who has a current estimated net worth of $12 Million. Sergio Leonel Aguero Del Castillo was born on 2nd June 1988 in Buenos Aires Argentina. Sergio Aguero makes a total earning of $21 million per year according to the recent year salary statistics. Besides playing for Argentina, Sergio Aguero also plays for the English football club Manchester City as Striker. He made his debut in Argentine Primera Division in 2003 at the age of 15 years and 35 days to become the youngest ever player to achieve that honor.
9. Yaya Toure $21 million:
Yaya Toura was born 13 May 1983 an lvorian profession footballer who plays as a central midfielder for premier league club Manchester city and lvory Coast national team. Toura aspired to be a striker during his youth and has played centre back including for FC Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA champion league final. It was reported he was fighting for respect not money which could explain why the extension was without an increase on his $21 million. That fits his altruistic nature. The younger brother of Liverpool’s Kolo Toure has been outspoken about promoting causes important to his native Ivory Coast and the African continent. He puts his money where his mouth is.
10. Fernando Torres $20 million:
It is been a rough year for the footballer but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 31 year old Fernando Torres has taken the No. 1 spot on People with money is top 10 highest paid footballers for 2015 with an estimated $20 million in combined earnings. The ranking is significant for many Fernando fans that have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime. Fernando Torres is back in his form and he is now playing for the Atletico Madrid football clubs his performance is increased with period of time.
11. Luis Suarez $19.9 million:
Luis Suarez is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team as a striker. According to Forbes he earns a total of $19.9 million per year out of which $15.4 million comes as the salary from the club and he also earns $4.5 million from his endorsements each year. Luis Suarez who scored most goals last season brings Liverpool to the top with his goal scoring efforts.
12. James Rodriguez $18.7 million:
James Rodriguez was born 12 July 1991. He is praised for his technique vision and playmaking skills and often referred as the successor to this compatriot carols valderrama. Colombian national soccer player James Rodriguez or simply James is a footballer who player for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombian national team as an attacking midfielder or winger. He is total net worth $18.7 million. Due to his performance in the tournament he was regularly called into the senior squad by the age of 20. James Rodriguez is the most expensive Colombian football player.