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REVEALED: Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers In The World

Lionel Messi

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi has been crowned the highest-paid footballer on the planet, that’s according to L’Equipe, as he rakes in an astonishing 9.5 million a month before tax. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in his first year with Juventus F.C., is listed in 2nd place with a salary of $5.3 million, just over half of the amount of the Argentine.

Antoine Griezmann follows in third, earning $3.7 million. Neymar, meanwhile, is fourth with $3.5 million and Messi’s Barca team-mate Luis Suarez completes the top five, earning $3.3 million.

Gareth Bale is sixth on the list, with earnings of $2.8 million, meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho is placed in seventh, earning $2.6 million. Alexis Sanchez, who earns around $2.58 million per month at Old Trafford and features in eighth in the list.

Rounding off the top 10 are Neymar’s team-mate Kylian Mbappe taking home a sum of $2 million and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, who is credited with a salary of $1.8 million per month.

Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers In The World

1. Lionel Messi
Monthly salary: $9.5 million
Club: FC Barcelona

2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Monthly salary: $5.3 million
Club: Juventus F.C.

3. Antoine Griezmann
Monthly salary: $3.7 million
Club: Atlético Madrid (Club Atlético de Madrid)

4. Neymar
Monthly salary: $3.7 million
Club: Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

5. Luis Suarez
Monthly salary: $3.7 million
Club: FC Barcelona

6. Gareth Bale
Monthly salary: $2.8 million
Club: Real Madrid C.F.

7. Philippe Coutinho
Monthly salary: $2.6 million
Club: FC Barcelona

8. Alexis Sanchez

Monthly salary: $2.58 million
Club: Manchester United Football Club

9. Kylian Mbappe
Monthly salary: $2 million
Club: Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

10. Mesut Ozil
Monthly salary: $1.8 million
Club: Arsenal Football Club


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