Football is a tough contact sport and footballers are known to go through rigorous training regimes to meet the demands of the physical sport. Footballers starting their careers with small clubs do not demand a huge paycheck. Some even play free as long as they get to display their talent to the rich European club scouts. Once their talent impresses a scout, the big money signing comes in and sky is the limit from there on, provided they have the talent to sustain interest from all the big giants of Europe and the world. Lucrative endorsement deals also add to the player’s paycheck.
Total Pay: $20.3 million
This former Arsenal and Barcelona star has definitely found a new lease of life since joining Chelsea in 2014. His form and consistency has improved prompting Chelsea to offer him a lucrative contract that is worth over $20 million a year. Endorsements are not too far behind in a city like London and Fabregas nets close to $5 million a year on endorsement deals.
Total Pay: $21 million
This former Liverpool star has revolutionized himself since joining Barcelona two years ago. He has made an impact alongside the big names of Barcelona and has definitely earned his price tag with his performance in front of goal. With his best years ahead of him, expect this price to go higher in the years to come.
Total Pay: $25.9 million
Radamel Falcao was once a force to reckon with. However, injuries slowed him down and he is not the striker he once was. He played for Manchester United on loan and then joined Chelsea trying to prove his worth in Europe once again. His reputation commands his $25.9 million paycheck, however it is not expected to go higher in future.
Club: Manchester United
Total Pay: $26.9 million
Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United as a teenage sensation from Everton. For the past decade, he has proved to be one of the most feared strikers in England and the world. The England and Manchester United captain is surely expected to go higher up this table as he enters his glory years.
Club: Real Madrid
Total Pay: $29 million
James Rodriguez took the world by storm after his display for Colombia in the FIFA World Cup held in 2014. This prompted Real Madrid to take notice and offer a lucrative deal to lure him away from the chasing pack of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Total Pay: $31 million
Neymar is still considered a boy wonder keeping in mind his exceptional skills and technique. Ever since he has joined Barcelona, he has been unstoppable. At age 24, the best years are still ahead for this young Brazilian and his value is sure to skyrocket.
Club: Real Madrid
Total Pay: $35 million
This talented Welshman is spoken of in the same breath as Ronaldo and Messi. His talent has definitely earned him his current value. Many experts believe this number is sure to cross the $100 million mark very soon.
Club: Paris Saint Germain
Total Pay: $39.1 million
Zlatan has past his peak years however is still capable of instilling fear in the minds of his opponents. Although his price tag is not expected to go upward, anything can happen in the world of football.
Total Pay: $73.8 million
This magician from Barcelona is definitely one of the top footballers of this generation. He has taken the world by storm with his consistency and does not look like stopping anytime soon.
Club: Real Madrid
Total Pay: $79.6 million
This former Manchester United player has certainly established himself as the best player in the world at Real Madrid. With a lot of clubs vying for his signature, only time will tell how much money will be thrown at the players feet.