Lionel Messi Takes the top spot of the highest paid football players 2019
The top three highest paid football players take $25 million a year
the highest paid football players in the world has Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar in the top three
Forbes has published its annual list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, and soccer players were prevalent athletes on this list. These are the top-five highest-paid soccer players of 2019. The top ten are listed in the articles below
1. Lionel Messi – $127 million (112.3 million)
Contract: Four years, $80 million (70 million) annually
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini( born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record six European Golden Shoes. He has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won a club-record 34 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.
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2. Cristiano Ronaldo – $109 million (96.4 million)
Contract: 4 years, $64 million (56.5 million) annually
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro ( born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League.
3. Neymar – $105 million (92.8 million)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Contract: Five years, $350 million (309.4 million)
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior ( born 5 February 1992) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his dribbling, finishing, skill, pace, and ability to play with both feet.
4. Paul Pogba – $33 million (29.2 million)
Team: Manchester United
Contract: Five years, $20 million annually (17.7 million)
Paul Labile Pogba ( born 15 March 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the French national team. He operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and deep-lying play maker
5. Andres Iniesta – $32.5 million (28.7 million)
Team: Vissel Kobe
Contract : Three years, $30 million annually (26.5 million)
Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club Vissel Kobe. He spent most of his career at Barcelona, where he served as the captain for three seasons. Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time
6. Alexis Snchez – $30.8 million (27.2 million)
Team: Inter Millan
Contract: Four 1/2 years, $21.5 million (19 million) annually
Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez (born 19 December 1988), also known simply as Alexis, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, on loan from English Premier League side Manchester United, and the Chile national team.
7. Kylian Mbappe – $30.6 million (27.1 million)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Contract: Three years, $20 million (17.7 million) annually
Kylian Mbappé Lottin ( born 20 December 1998) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed. He is considered the world’s most expensive player from a transfer value perspective by the CIES
8. Mesut Ozil – $30.2 million (26.7 million)
Contract: Three years, $24 million (21.2 million) annually
Özil plays mostly as an attacking midfielder, but can also be deployed as a winger. He began his senior career as a member of his hometown club Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, departing two seasons later to join Werder Bremen for €5 million. He garnered break-out attention at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where at age 22, Özil was instrumental in the side’s campaign where they reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Spain.
9. Oscar – $29 million (25.6 million)
Team: Shanghai SIPG
Contract: Four years, $26.5 million (23.4 million) annually
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior ( born 9 September 1991), better known as simply Oscar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG and for the Brazil national team.
10. Antoine Griezmann – $27.7 million (24.5 million)
Antoine Griezmann ( born 21 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the French national team.