Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In 2021

August 28, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In 2021

Elite soccer players of various famous clubs also boost their yearly income besides their salary from the national teams and the clubs, with their vast endorsements and advertisement fees from mega-brands. The recent FIFA 2018 World Cup has proved itself as one of the best platforms for the players to get a massive contract for the advertisements of various brands such as Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, Volvo, and various other companies. And here is the list of the top 10 highest-paid soccer players in 2021.


Highest Paid Soccer Players In 2021

Soccer is among the most followed sports in the world, which is counted among the best-paid sports of modern days. Because of its 250 million worldwide viewership, the famous soccer players get massive attention from the crowd especially from the football fans besides their extremely high yearly income. So without much surprise, the highest-paid soccer players stand among the top-paid athletes each year.


10. David De Gea
9. Robert Lewandowski
8. Gareth Bale
7. Antoine Griezmann
6. Paul Pogba
5. Mohamed Salah
4. Kylian Mbappe
3. Neymar
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
1. Lionel Messi


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So, you are maybe already impressed with the top ten super-rich footballers this year. But, now let's check out the detailed analysis of these stars and their earnings in 2021.


10. David De Gea – $27 Million

Salary & Bonus: $24 Million
Endorsements: $3 Million

One of the best goalkeepers, David De Gea, currently holds the tenth spot in your ranking of the highest-paid soccer players. De Gea is also the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world right not. His long-time club, Manchester United, paid around $24 million to him this year.

To mark his 100th appearance wearing Adidas gloves, the company itself launched a special pair of gloves honoring him. And since its launch, it started climbing positions among the best goalkeeping gloves that professional goalkeepers like.

Adidas also played a significant role in his $3 million earning from sponsors this year. David De Gea also frequently appears in Pepsico ads as a part of his endorsement deal.


9. Robert Lewandowski – $28 Million

Salary & Bonus: $24 Million
Endorsements: $4 Million

Lewandowski’s five goals in six minutes still seem one of the most unbreakable records in sports history. However, he continued to deliver remarkable performance for Bayern even after that match with fellow Bundesliga side, VfL Wolfsburg.

The Polish football genius currently holds the ninth spot among the highest-paid football players. With his $28 million income in 2021, Lewandowski remains as the top-paid Polish athlete too. German side Bayern Munch is currently paying a $24 yearly salary to this star performer.

Besides his amazing persona on the football ground, Lewandowski is also the most popular TikTok star. While many already had their account on TikTok, this Polish genius is far ahead with his close to 3 million active followers.


8. Gareth Bale – $29 Million

Salary & Bonus: $23 Million
Endorsements: $6 Million

Bale spent a hell lot of time as the costliest benchwarmer for Real Madrid last year. But since his arrival at Tottenham Hotspur in a loan term from Los Blancos, Bale started to achieve his usual rhythm. However, he still remains as one of the highest-paid soccer players as Real Madrid paid him $23 million this year as his salary.

He is expected to earn quite more if he can deliver remarkable performance for the Spurs to get incentives. But yes, he bagged around $6 million from his various endorsement deals.

Besides his footballing talent, the Welshman is also an avid golfer. He recently advocated for TaylorMade products in his social media accounts. He is also associated with Adidas. Besides, Bale is currently in touch with several European companies to get his sponsorship deals done.


7. Antoine Griezmann – $33 Million

Salary & Bonus: $28 Million
Endorsements: $5 Million

Although Griezmann receives the same salary as Pogba, he is just a million short in sponsorship income. With his $33 million total income this year, the French striker and one of the best football forwards in the world, Antoine Griezmann, holds the seventh spot among the highest-paid soccer players.

Despite his alleged clash with Messi, FC Barcelona still paid him $28 million a year. Griezmann bagged around $5 million from his sponsorships and endorsement deals. He is associated with a Chinese tech firm, Huawei, and American sports giant, Puma.

Besides, his football talent, Griezmann is also an avid gamer. He and his brother launched their own esports team called Grizi Esports last year. This team is currently competing in Fortnite, FIFA, and CS:Go.


6. Paul Pogba – $34 Million

Salary & Bonus: $28 Million
Endorsements: $6 Million

It is a sin to not name Paul Pogba among the best football midfielders in 2021. Manchester United has spent around $28 million on Pogba as his salary and performance bonus. However, football fans strongly believe that the French star is yet to deliver his best season for the Red Devils.

But if you talk about his humanitarian side, his foundation working aggressively to provide clean drinking water in several parts of Africa. He earned around $6 million from his sponsorship deals in 2021. Activision and Pepsi is the major contributor.

Adidas also plays a significant role in that income as they are currently associated with the French genius. Pogba recently created a buzz after appearing in an ad for Pepsi with two other football maestros, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah.


5. Mohamed Salah – $37 Million

Salary & Bonus: $24 Million
Endorsements: $13 Million

The football pharaoh from the land of Egypt, Mohamed Salah, delivered remarkable performances for one of the Premier League champions, Liverpool. This year too, he has achieved his place among the highest-paid soccer players with a $37 million total income in 2021.

Liverpool spent $24 million in total this year as the yearly salary and performance bonus of Salah. Vodafone helped a lot as Salah bagged a staggering $13 million from various sponsorship deals. However, he showed his humanitarian side too.

He recently collaborated with Vodafone to bring digital learning to refugee camps in his homeland. The Egyptian football king recently became the face of a retro range called Adicolor by Adidas.


4. Kylian Mbappe – $42 Million

Salary & Bonus: $28 Million
Endorsements: $14 Million

Mbappe caught the eyes of the whole football world with his magical performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. And since then, he has constantly achieved his place among the highest-paid soccer players.

This year too, the French youngster and one of the best strikers in current football achieved the fourth place with an astounding $42 million total income. His current team, Paris Saint-Germain, is now paying around $20 million yearly salary. On top of that, he has earned an $8 million performance bonus from the club.

Legendary watchmaker, Hublot, announced Mbappe as their global ambassador in 2018. Besides, that, he has many other sponsorship deals with leading brands including Nike.


3. Neymar - $95 Million

Salary & Bonus: $76 Million
Endorsements: $19 Million

One of the most marketable athletes in the world, Neymar, made a fortune through his transfer deal worth from Barcelona to PSG. With 90$ million total income this year, he holds the third spot in the list of highest-paid soccer players in 2021.

Besides his $76 million yearly salaries from the French side, Neymar also earned $19 million through his personal endorsement deals. Neymar currently is in endorsement terms with several giant companies such as Beats Electronics, Gillette, Nike, Panasonic, and Red Bull.

Without any doubt, his agent Wagner Ribeiro did some spectacular jobs for this 29-year-old Brazilian. Interestingly, Neymar recently became the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers designed by the Swoosh.


2. Cristiano Ronaldo - $120 Million

Salary & Bonus: $70 Million
Endorsements: $50 Million

One of the best soccer players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 is also the highest-paid athlete in the world right now. Besides his immense footballing skills, most of his fans also looked to him with jaw-dropping wonder due to his unimaginable wealth and assets throughout the world.

With a total of $120 million in earnings this year. Cristiano will earn more than $30 million a year just from Manchester United till his 37th birthday as per his current contract. Besides, he also has a lifetime deal worth $1 billion with Nike.

Moreover, he has numerous other endorsement deals and his own line of clothing, fragrances, and hotels. this makes him 2nd highest-paid footballer in the world. Ronaldo is also the most loved athlete on social media platforms.


1. Lionel Messi - $130 Million

Salary & Bonus: $97 Million
Endorsements: $33 Million

Known as the ‘Magician’ of soccer, Leo Messi, recently led his previous side Barcelona to win the La Liga this season too. Besides his $97 million salary from PSG, Messi earned nearly $33 million more from his endorsement deals this season. In December last year, he renewed his lifetime deal with Adidas. And, it contributes a significant part to his income this year.

Managed by his agent Guillermo Marin, Messi currently has endorsement contracts with several industry giants. And, that list includes companies like Huawei Technologies, Gatorade, Adidas, and Tata Motors. Without much of a surprise, Messi is one of the richest footballers in 2021 with his $130 million total income this year.

The yearly income of this Argentine genius is expected to rise even higher if he permanently stays in PSG after leaving Barcelona in August 2021. Although the Catalan side paid him close to $100 million, it seems unsure that Messi will stay at the club or not.


Final Words

These players are pretty motivating and also superb strikers while they are in the field for 90 minutes. They are like vigor crackers throughout the game. So, who is your favorite soccer player from the above list? Share your opinion about the highest-paid soccer players in the comment box below.


Highest Paid Soccer Players - Infographic


FAQ Regarding Highest Paid Soccer Players In 2021

Q. Who is the highest-paid footballer in the world in 2021?

FC Barcelona star and Argentine football legend, Lionel Messi, became the highest-paid footballer in 2021. He received $97 million as his salary and incentive this year. Besides, he has also made an astonishing $33 million from his various sponsorship deals.

Q. Which footballer has the highest wage?

According to the recent stats of 2021, Lionel Messi receives the highest wage as a footballer. He received around $97 million this year as his salary and incentive for his association with FC Barcelona and Argentine national football team.

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  1. Julius Asunluya
    Julius Asunluya September 10, 2019 12:21

    Messi is supposed to be paid more than chicken change he is a living football legend and an inspiration to all he is not like that fatty no good loser like Ronaldo

  2. Itz Valentine
    Itz valentine September 11, 2019 13:50

    Good and beautiful

  3. Inimbu Pabia
    inimbu pabia October 16, 2019 17:00

    Messi is so powerful and I like watching him playing. Please can he do a tour to Papua New Guinea because most Papua New Guineans like soccer.

    1. Timileyin Philip
      Timileyin philip February 11, 2020 12:34

      Dat y they cal him leo messi

  4. Edehn Enyenwa
    Edehn Enyenwa February 19, 2020 10:21

    Messi is the king of soccer

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 19, 2020 17:25

      Yes, he is.

  5. Edwin Joshua
    Edwin Joshua February 25, 2020 06:48


    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 25, 2020 17:22

      Fanboy spotted. :P

  6. Kolim
    kolim March 9, 2020 21:03

    All-time, Messi is the best player in the world. I like Messi.
    Good article.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das March 10, 2020 17:26

      Yes, he is.
      And, thanks for your kind appreciation. Keep visiting our sports blog!

  7. Johnfyucha
    Johnfyucha April 18, 2020 10:04

    Great king Ronaldo at the top

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 18, 2020 17:08

      Yes, he is.
      And, thanks for your visit, mate!

  8. Teemee
    Teemee June 23, 2020 03:54

    Messi is always d greatest footballer even though he is not well paid.

  9. Kuot Bak Madhal
    Kuot Bak Madhal June 21, 2021 02:38

    It's right to the God of football Leo Messi

    But mbappe deserve to be having salary of 80 million at list

  10. Man Pass Man
    Man pass man July 7, 2021 09:53

    I think Ronaldo is number 1

  11. Osman
    Osman September 16, 2021 04:29

    Ronaldo is perfect than any other player in the world.

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