Top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world in 2021

Lewandowski was named FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year in 2020 and has an incredible scoring record in addition to a large trophy collection. The Polish striker is the Bundesliga’s all-time leading foreign scorer and has won the German top flight in nine of his 11 years in the country, twice with Dortmund and seven times with Bayern.

9. David de Gea (Manchester United) – 517,000 dollars per week

The only Spanish player on the list, De Gea is the top-earning goalkeeper in the world. Manchester United signed him from Atletico Madrid over a decade ago for a then record Premier League fee for a goalkeeper and he has been the club’s No.1 pretty consistently since then.

8. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) – 531,000 dollars per week

With his new contract, the Belgian midfielder is the joint-top earner in England and has the highest wage at a club that boasts many high earners. De Bruyne has been a terrific player for the Citizens and vital in their winning three league titles in his six years in Manchester.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 531,000 dollars per week

The Portuguese forward has dropped down this list with his summer transfer from Juventus, where his wage was more than double what he’ll earn at Old Trafford, but he is still the joint-top earner in the Premier League. Ronaldo is one of the most recognisable athletes on the planet and possibly the most popular footballer in the world, with his sponsorships and other interests worth in the region of 470m dollars per year.

6. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 566,000 dollars per week

The lowest paid of PSG‘s top three stars but still a top 10 earner worldwide, Mbappe is sure to remain on this list for at least the next decade, wherever he is playing his football.

5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 690,000 dollars per week

Despite the dent his reputation has suffered in recent years, Bale remains one of the highest-paid players in the game and sneaks into the top five courtesy of Ronaldo‘s move to Manchester United. The Welshman’s days on this list might be numbered, but the return of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid has given him a second chance that he appears to be grasping.

4. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – 793,000 dollars per week

After the departure of Lionel MessiGriezmann is Barcelona‘s only representative in the top 10. His hefty wage is a burden for the Catalan club with their struggles and, after a disappointing few years, he needs to start justifying his salary on the pitch this season.

3. Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid) – 793,000 dollars per week

Perhaps a surprise in the top three, Suarez has been proving Atleti spent their money well and that he can still do it at the top level. After being allowed to leave by the Blaugrana, Suarez has excelled at Griezmann‘s former club, helping them win the LaLiga Santander title in his first season.

2. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – 836,000 dollars per week

The second PSG player on the list, Neymar is now second only to his new teammate after Ronaldo lost his spot at number two. The Brazilian forward is a global star but cannot compete with Ronaldo in terms of sponsorship deals.

1. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain – 1,325,000 dollars per week

New club, same status. The best on the planet, perhaps the greatest of all time, it’s no surprise he commands the biggest wages in the sport. The Argentine is the only footballer earning more than 1m dollars per week and his bonuses and sponsorships will take that figure even higher.

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