Top Five Highest Paid Footballers in the World

Football, the most popular sport on the planet, is gaining even more popularity. This means that the best players in the sport are being put in the limelight too. Let us look at the top five highest-paid footballers in 2020;

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona

Lionel Messi is virtually the best player in the world at the moment. Ever since he joined Spanish football giants Barcelona at 13, he has been breaking record after record. The prowess and finesse that the player produces on the field have helped the club win many trophies.

To understand the impact that Messi has had on the Spanish giants, know that it had taken Barcelona a hundred and five years to win their first sixty trophies by the year 2005 (which is the year Messi joined the club.) But since then, the player has helped the club win thirty four trophies in fifteen years.

However, understand that this phenomenal performance has not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. Messi has won many individual awards and earned more than a billion dollars in pretax career earnings. Even though there were controversies as the player wanted to leave the club in 2020, an agreement to stay was made. Messi earned a total of $126Mm, making him the highest-earning footballer in the year 2020.

2. Christiano Ronaldo – Juventus

There is always a debate between who is the best between Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The world is usually divided fifty-fifty as to who is the king of football at the moment. The two players have won just about everything that is there to be won in the football franchise. It is no surprise that even when it comes to earnings, the two occupy the top two positions.

Christiano Ronaldo is one of the star-studded athletes on the planet. With more than 400 million followers on social media, it is safe to say that he is one of the most popular and influential people on the planet. 

The Portuguese titan became the second person in history to score one hundred international goals, a feat only matched by Ali Daei of Iran. Last year Christiano Ronaldo earned $117M, making him the second highest-earning footballer in 2020.

3. Neymar Jr. – Paris Saint Germain

Former Barcelona superstar Neymar Jr. is one of the most flamboyant soccer stars on the football pitch. In 2017, the player caused many controversies when he chose to leave the Spanish giants Barcelona for the French titan Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Even though the player got to triple his salary, all the focus was on the fact he did want to live in Lionel Messi’s shadow anymore; he wanted to be a superstar in his own right. Which he certainly did because the French titans are spending close to six hundred million dollars just to keep the player in Paris. In 2020, Neymar Jr. Earned a total of $96M which puts him third in the highest-earning footballers 2020 list.


4. Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint Germain

The 22-year-old forward is one of the most promising footballers on the planet. He is pegged as a future Balon d’Or winner. (Which means that he is bound to become the best footballer on the planet in future.)

Mbappe is known for his speed and dribbling skills on the pitch. The player is also a clinical finisher, which explains why he has been the top scorer in the French league, league 1, for two years in a row now.

Kylian Mbappe, along with Borussia Dortmund’s young phenom, Erling Haaland, is considered the best young player on the planet. In 2020, Mbappe made $42M putting him fourth on the highest-earning footballer 2020 list.

5. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Considered to be one of the best, if not Africa’s best player, Mohamed Salah is a highly-skilled, fast and clinical finisher. The player has scored at least twenty goals in the past three season, which is not an easy task to achieve in the English premier league (considered to be the most competitive football league in the world.)

In 2019 Mohamed salah helped Liverpool win its first premier league title in 30 years after scoring 22 goals. The prolific scorer has been in top shape ever since. In 2020, Salah earned $37M making him the fifth highest-paid footballer in that year.

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