Over the years football has become more like a business and less like a sport. However, it is still the most popular sport in the world and many people believe that football stars deserve the money they earn. American business magazine Forbes released the list of the highest-earning football players, with the two best players in the world still topping the list. For this special we teamed up with FootballPredictions.com, a website specialized In the bet of the day and football tips.
5) Andres Iniesta
Last year Andres Iniesta said goodbye to Barcelona fans, with the experienced Spanish midfielder signing a three-year deal with Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The four-time Champions League winner still makes a living from playing football and you should bear in mind that the former Barca ace earns €28.9 million per year. His annual pay is €26.6 million, with the 35-year-old Spaniard pocketing €2.3 million from endorsements.
4) Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba was producing thrilling performance for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, but given the money he earns per year, the Frenchman has yet to pay off. With the annual pay of €29.3 million (25.8 +3.5) Paul Pogba is the fourth highest-paid footballer in the world at the moment. According to the latest football predictions and new the French superstar will leave the Mancunians on very short term.
Due to Neymar’s injury PSG once again missed out on the Champions League trophy. Real Madrid are interested in signing Neymar, but bringing the Brazilian superstar to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is easier said than done. The former Barcelona attacker earns €93.4 (66.7+26.7) million per year, meaning that he would cost Real Madrid chiefs an arm and a leg.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is in the twilight of his career, but he is not getting any older. CR7 is the most-followed person on Instagram, but he is sitting in the second place in the world’s highest-paid footballers list. The five-time Golden Ball award winner pockets €97 million per year where sponsorship deals account €39.1 million.
1) Leo Messi
Seeing that his annual pay at Barcelona is €127 million, it is no surprise Leo Messi intends to finish career at the Catalan club. His annual winnings are €113 million, with the Argentine Magician earning €31.1 million from endorsements. There may be players who are overpaid, but every football fan will agree that Messi deserves every single cent he earns.