2020 Highest Paid Soccer Players
Soccer is arguably the most followed sport in the world. Even in the sports betting world, punters on Betway soccer betting always stay up to date with the proceedings in various top leagues in the world. Apart from being popular, soccer stars also take home a hefty paycheck. Read on to discover ten of the world’s highest-paid players in the world today.
10. David De Gea – Manchester United
David De Gea is the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. The Spanish keeper earns 24 million USD and makes 3 million USD from endorsements pushing his total earnings to 27 million USD every year. The Spaniard has played over 400 matches for United. His recent performances have not been so impressive, but his manager still trusts him to rediscover his form. But, his blunders must have cost punters on Betway a fortune.
9. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
The Polish striker earns 24 million USD and makes 4 million USD in endorsements bringing his total annual earnings to 28 million USD. Lewandowski was poised to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or before it was canceled due to the coronavirus. Last season the striker directly participated in 65 goals for his club. He scored in all the Champions League matches except the finals, which they won by one goal. He is also very popular off the field, with around 2.4 million followers on TikTok.
8. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
The Welsh superstar takes home 29 million USD per annum. He earns a salary of 23 million USD, with the other 6 Million USD coming from endorsements. Before his loan move to his former club Tottenham Hotspur, Bale was the most expensive bench warmer at Real Madrid. The once prolific winger is hoping to resurrect his career at Tottenham.
7. Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona
The Frenchman earns a salary of 28 million USD and a further 5 million USD in endorsements. His total earnings stand at 33 million USD per year. Despite his colossal salary, Griezmann had a disappointing debut season at Barcelona. There was speculation that he would join PSG in a swap deal involving former Barcelona player Neymar Jr. He is also a staunch supporter of the Brooklyn Nets and usually flies to the US to attend games.
6. Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Pogba takes home a total of 34 million USD each year. Out of the 34 million USD, 28 million USD is his salary while he gets 6 million USD in endorsements. His current deal with United expires at the end of the season, but United can extend it for one more year. His future at Old Trafford remains uncertain, with a move to Real Madrid remaining part of his career aspirations.
5. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Mo Salah makes 37 million USD each year. His annual salary is 24 million USD, but he also makes 13 Million USD from endorsements. The Liverpool forward was a key player when The Reds won their first Premier League title in 30 years. He teamed up with Vodafone to become a UN ambassador for a program that provides refugees in Egypt with digital learning tools.
4. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint – Germain
Mbappe earns 28 million USD plus 14 million USD in endorsements making his total earnings 42 million USD each year. Mbappe justified his earnings by winning the golden boot in the previous season. His club won the 2019/2020 season, albeit in points per match basis after the season was cut short due to the coronavirus. Top clubs around Europe are thinking about pricing him away from PSG, with Liverpool reported to be the favorites if he decides to move someday.
3. Neymar Jr. – Paris Saint – Germain
Neymar Jr. earns a whopping 96 million USD in total earnings. His annual salary is 78 million USD while he makes 18 million USD in endorsements. The Brazilian superstar lost some of his fans when he decided to trade playing alongside Lionel Messi in Barca with a move to PSG. The French giants are spending heavily to keep the 28-year-old in Paris. His season started on a controversial note when he was sent off for an altercation with Alvaro Gonzalez of Marseille.
2. Christiano Ronaldo – Juventus
Ronaldo is believed to be the most famous athlete globally, boasting a massive following on social media. The Portuguese superstar earns 70 million USD plus 47 million USD in endorsements. His annual total earnings are 117 million USD. Off the field, he has made a niche for himself by maintaining a 0% fat body. He works with health and wellness sponsors Herbalife and Clear Shampoo. He also has Nike as a lifetime sponsor.
1.Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Messi makes 126 million USD in total earnings, out of which 92 million USD is his salary while the other 34 million USD comes from endorsements. Since he arrived at Barcelona, he has guided the team to 34 trophies, an achievement that has earned him a place among soccer greats. He is also a darling to punters on Betway for his ability to turn around games. He was subject to contract drama with Barcelona as he was keen on playing out his contract’s final year.
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