Highest Paid Soccer Players of 2018

Unarguably, soccer is among the best-paid sports of modern days. This does not come as a surprise since millions of fans all over the world are crazy over soccer.

Being a professional soccer player has definitely some perks. Aside from the attention that they are getting from their fans, they are also paid hefty amount of money. The clubs and national teams earn big bucks from the jersey sponsorships and television rights fees and in return, they give their best players a fat paycheck. It does not shock anyone anymore that soccer players rank at the top of the top-paid athletes each year.

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 Adidas, Nike, Volvo and various other companies.  Continue reading to see the highest paid soccer players in 2018.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Earnings: $93 Million

Salary & Bonus: $58 Million

Endorsements: $35 Million

Being one of the greatest soccer players of all time means that Ronaldo is also the highest paid this year. He recently defeated Liverpool with his La Liga side Real Madrid which earned him the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo is holding the top spot of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his $93 million earnings this year. Let’s not forget his lifetime deal with Nike which is worth 1 billion. Aside from his numerous endorsements, he also has his own line of fragrances, clothing and hotels.

  1. Lionel Messi

 

Earnings: $80 Million

Salary & Bonus: $53 Million

Endorsements: $27 Million

Leo Messi had high contribution on his team Barcelona in winning the La Liga this season too. No wonder he’s been given the name of ‘Magician’ of soccer.

His salary is $53 million and on top of that, he earned nearly $27 million from his endorsements. He also has a lifetime deal with Adidas which he just renewed last December. This endorsement contributes a significant part in his income this year.

Under the management of his agent Guillermo Marin, Messi has endorsements contracts with several industry giant like Gatorade, Huawei Technologies, Tata Motors and Adidas. His total income of $80 million placed him on the 2nd rank in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018.

  1. Neymar Jr.

 

Earnings: $37 Million

Salary & Bonus: $15 Million

Endorsements: $22 Million

Being one of the most marketable athletes in the world, Neymar gained much from his transfer deal worth from Barcelona to PSG. He holds the third spot in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his total income of $37 million. He has personal endorsement deal worth $22 million and $15 million yearly salary from the French side.

He is also currently having endorsement deals with several giant companies like Gillette, Beats Electronics, Red Bull and Panasonic. Neymar is also the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers designed by the Swoosh. The future looks certainly bright for this 26-year old Brazilian.

  1. Gareth Bale

Earnings: $34 Million

Salary & Bonus: $23 Million

Endorsements: $11 Million

What makes Bale a common household name in the game of soccer is his aerial ability and brilliant speed. His unimaginable bicycle goal in the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool even made him a crowd favorite. He is also the first-choice winger for Real Madrid. His total income of $34 million this year made him grab the 4rth rank of this list.

He recently signed an endorsement contract with the Altitude, a Dubai-based training mask maker. He also has a deal with Adidas until 2020. He has several other deals with mega-brands such as Foot Locker, Konami and Nissan Motor. It won’t be surprisingly that he will surpass his previous market value this year.

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Earnings: $32 Million

Salary & Bonus: $27 Million

Endorsements: $5 Million

He may have attitude and legendary temperament, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. In fact, he holds the 5th rank on this list.

He earned a total of $32 million this season. They signed with Nike for his shoe deal recently; however his other earnings dipped significantly this year due to the lack of any permanent boot sponsor.

He also has his own line of sportswear called A-Z or the Amateur Zlatan which they just launched recently. His current endorsement with the Volvo group also had a huge contribution to his fortune. But when compared with his salary, Zlatan’s sponsorship income went down significantly over the past few years.

  1. Wayne Rooney

 

Earnings: $23.6 Million

Salary & Bonus: $17.6 Million

Endorsements: $6 Million

Rooney holds the sixth place in the list of highest paid soccer players in 2018 with his total income of $23.6 million this year.

Rooney’s market value rose a bit thanks to swap deal of Paul Stretford’s Triple S Sports Entertainment making him a free agent. As a matter of fact, majority of his endorsement income were earned through his deal with Nike. Though he recently made his announcement that he wish to retire after the FIFA World Cup 2018, he’s still considered as one of the highest paid soccer player.

  1. Luis Suarez

 

Earnings: $23.3 Million

Salary & Bonus: $17.3 Million

Endorsements: $6 Million

Luis Suarez is popular for his amazing striking ability. Since his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014, his marketability factor increased significantly. He earned a total of $23.3 million this year and a $6 million worth of endorsement deals. This figure is what made him to be on this list.

He signed a deal with ‘My Brand’ as their ambassador. He will also be launching his signature line of Sunglasses with shades manufacturer, Hawker. In addition, he also has sponsorship deals with PepsiCo and Adidas. This Uruguayan soccer star is definitely on the rise.

Other soccer players who made on the top 10 list are Sergio Aguero with a total earnings of  $22.6 Million, James Rodriguez with $21.9 Million total earnings and Paul Pogba with a total earning of $21.2 Million.

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