Lionel Messi earns €130m-per-year when salary, bonuses commercial revenue are taken into account


Like it or not, footballers’ wages are getting out of hand.

In the Premier League, a half-decent player can expect a weekly wage of around £70,000-per-week.

Then there are the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who is somehow getting more than £350,000-per-week at Manchester United.

But wages aren’t the only income for footballers.

The biggest stars earn more through bonuses and commercial revenue.

And when all of that is added up, it really does total an eye-watering amount.

And France Football have compiled a list of the top 20 earners in world football.

1) Lionel Messi €130 million-per-year

2) Cristiano Ronaldo €113 million-per-year

3) Neymar €91.5 million-per-year

4) Antoine Griezmann €44 million-per-year

5) Gareth Bale €40.2 million-per-year

6) Andres Iniesta €33 million-per-year

7) Alexis Sanchez €30.7 million-per-year

8) Philippe Coutinho €30 million-per-year

9) Ezequiel Lavezzi €28.3 million-per-year

10) Luis Suarez €28 million-per-year

11) Gerard Pique €27 million-per-year

12) Toni Kroos €26.3 million-per-year

13) Mesut Ozil €25.8 million-per-year

14) Kylian Mbappe €25 million-per-year

15) Oscar €24.3 million-per-year

= Sergio Aguero €24.3 million-per-year

17) Kevin de Bruyne €23.5 million-per-year

18) Hulk €23.4 million-per-year

19) Paul Pogba €23.3 million-per-year

20) Sergio Ramos €23 million-per-year

Deservedly, Lionel Messi - who many football fans believe is the best player in the world - earns the most.

He’s reported to earn €130 million-per-year when all things are considered.

That is €17 million more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Third is Neymar, while Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale make up the top five.


There are a couple of surprises, too.

Andres Iniesta, now 34, is sixth after he picks up €33 million-per-year in China with Vissel Kobe.

Three more Chinese Super League players also feature in the top 20 with Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune China), Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) and Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) picking up hefty amounts of money each year.

Interestingly, wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is 14th in the list pocketing €25 million as a 20-year-old.


The World Cup winner has previously insisted that the money footballers make in the modern day is "indecent."

"It's truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family," he told RTS.

"It's true that it's indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that.

"I'm not going to revolutionise football. I'm in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place."


He better get used to it, though, because that €25 million-per-year he earns is only going to increase year upon year.

But just looking at those figures, don’t you just wish you were a little bit better at football?

Or perhaps a lot better…

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