Football Salary: Top-10 Highest-Paid Players 2020

Football Salary: Top-10 Highest-Paid Players
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Who are the highest-paid players in world football? Find out their salaries in 2020.

Being one of the most popular sports in the world, with millions of fans worldwide, football has become one of the highest-paying sports with football players earning huge salaries stipulated in their contracts. This has seen soccer stars rank as some of the richest athletes in the world.

SportyTell takes an extensive insight at the top-10 highest-paid players in the sport. This list is solely based on salary earnings alone, excluding endorsements and bonuses.

Here are the Highest-Paid Players in World Football and their Monthly Salaries

10. Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe Salary

Salary: €1.5 Million

The explosive forward plies his football skills with French Ligue 1 champion, Paris Saint-German (PSG). A loan deal which was made permanent in 2018 saw the 21-year-old signed for PSG in a whopping €180 million transfer thus becoming the second most expensive player and most expensive teenage player in football history. He has since shown his worth in equivalence to the mighty transfer fee having topped the Ligue 1 scoring chart more than once. Kylian Mbappe‘s salary per month is about €1.5 million.

9. Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Salary: €1.6 Million

From a family of footballers, Eden Hazard happens to become the first non-French player to clinch the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award and also the youngest player to win the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. He is a left-winger for Spanish Side Real Madrid and is known for his creative, dribbling style of play with high acceleration and excellent passing skills. Eden Hazard‘s salary is approximated to €1.6 million on a monthly basis.

8. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale Salary

Salary: €1.6 Million

A prolific free-kick specialist, Gareth Bale is a footballer with an amazing crossing ability. After catching the attention in world football with an impressive performance in the English Premier League, a transfer move for an undisclosed fee was finalized to the Spanish soccer powerhouse, Real Madrid in 2013. With Real Madrid, Bale helped the club to three UEFA Champions League titles, a Copa del Rey Cup, UEFA Super Cup and also a FIFA Club World Cup. Gareth Bale‘s salary with Real Madrid is approximately €1.6 million per month, making him the 8th highest-paid player in world football.

7. David de Gea

David de Gea Salary

Salary: €1.76 Million

One of the best goalkeepers in the world and current goalie for English side, Manchester United, David de Gea had featured in over 300 appearances for the Red Devils since joining the club in 2011. He aided his team to a Premier League title, three community shields trophy, one FA Cup as well as the UEFA Europa League Cup. David de Gea’s salary is approximately €1.76 million per month.

6. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Salary: €1.95 Million

Paul Pogba is of French descent and plays in the English Premier League for Manchester United. After establishing himself as one of the promising players in the footballing world during his stint with Italian Serie A champion, Juventus, where he aided the team to their first Champions League final in 12 years, a return move to his youth club Manchester United was made in the 2016 summer for a whopping €105 million — the highest purchasing fee paid for a player in the Premier League history and also a world record fee. Paul Pogba‘s salary is as around €1.95 million per month.

5. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez Salary

Salary: €3 Million

Luis Suarez‘s phenomenal striking and goal-scoring abilities became obvious in his stint with English Club, Liverpool. He became a centre of attention to different clubs seeking to buy him. Barcelona eventually came out successfully signing the Uruguayan forward. He has a total of 18 trophies in his career and 475 goals. Luis Suarez’s salary is around €3 million on a monthly basis.

4. Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann Salary

Salary: €3 Million

Antoine Griezmann is one of the finest forwards in the game, although he initially played as a winger in the early stages of his career. Tactical change at Atletico Madrid saw him switch to the position of a complete forward and he delivered in that position going on to break the club’s goalscoring record for a debut season. Following the €120 million-contract which he penned with Barcelona in the summer of 2019, Antoine Griezmann’s salary per month is approximately €3 million.

3. Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr Salary

Salary: €4 Million

The beam of fame and prominence has shone on Neymar Jr since his days at Brazilian club Santos. He helped the club to multiple country and continental titles before departing his youth club to join European side, Barcelona where he won the continental treble with the club i.e the La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League. 2017 saw him become the most expensive player in football history after a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain for a whopping €222 million. Neymar Jr’s salary on a monthly payment is around €4 million, making him the third highest-paid player in world football.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo Salary

Salary: €4.5 Million

One of the best in the game and arguably the greatest football player of all time with five Ballon d’Or as well as four European Golden Shoes, Cristiano Ronaldo has played in almost every major football league. He has a total of 29 trophies in his career. Ronaldo is definitely one of the most prolific forwards the modern age of football has seen. He holds the record for the most hat-tricks in football history. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s salary is around €4.5 million on a monthly basis, making him the second-highest-paid player in world football.

1. Lionel Messi

Highest-Paid Salary – Lionel Messi

Salary: €8.5 million

Lionel Messi is one of the most explosive forwards to reckon with in football and the best among bests. The Barcelona skipper has won a record six Ballon d’Or, with six European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona which he has spent his entire footballing career, he has aided the team to a record total of 34 trophies in his career with over 700 goals scored. Lionel Messi’s salary is a mighty sum of €8.5 million on a monthly basis. That makes him the highest-paid player in world football right now.


It is public knowledge that football is one of the most high-paying sports in the world and this is evidenced by the enormous salaries football players earn from the sport. What are your thoughts about our article on the highest-paid players in world football with an emphasis on their salaries? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.

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