No doubt, the highest-earning footballers or soccer players in the world are people you no doubt hear of their tremendous talents and exploits on the football pitch almost every week. Football has transcended beyond just a sport over the years and has produced super-rich individuals that make up the list of the richest athletes in the world.
With incredible talents at their disposal, the ability to dazzle opponents and mesmerize opposition and defenders with superb dribbling skill, speed, incredible pace, amazing shooting power, and amazing foresight to read their opponents, it is no wonder that these footballers are the best at what they do and top European clubs will do anything to keep them from their arch-rivals across Europe.
In this post, we detail the top 7 highest-earning footballers in the world, their clubs, and what they earn monthly with their club.
Top 7 Highest-Earning Footballers in the World (2021)
These are the top highest-earning footballers in the world (2021), according to Marca:
7. Kylian Mbappé
Salary: €1.9m per month
French professional footballer and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) footballer, Kylian Mbappé Lottin is the 7th richest footballer in the world. Mbappé is undoubtedly one of football’s finest players in the world presently known for his incredible speed, dribble, and finishing.
Kylian Mbappé has been wanted by many big leagues in the world, more importantly, football giant, Real Madrid. At just 21 years of age, Kylian Mbappé has managed to register his presence in the footballing world and is dreaded by many oppositions.
Kylian Mbappé Lottin currently earns €1.9m ($2m) monthly at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), in France and is regarded as one of the best players in the world.
6. Eden Hazard
Salary: €2.5m per month
Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Belgium national team. Widely considered as one of the best players in the world, Hazard is known for his creativity, speed, acceleration, dribbling, and passing.
Hazard transferred from Chelsea to Real Madrid for a reported fee of €100 million ($113 million) and is expected to remain at the club for the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024. Hazard is presently 29 years old and his performance at Real Madrid has been blighted by an injury that has seen him sidelined for months.
Eden Hazard currently earns €2.5m ($2.7m) monthly at Real Madrid, in Spain and is regarded as one of the finest footballers in the world.
5. Gareth Bale
Salary: €2.5 million per month
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. He is regarded as one of the dreaded and fastest footballers in the world despite being plagued with incessant injuries since his time at Real Madrid.
Bale was initially an offensive left-back (LB) or wing-back (WB) for Tottenham Hotspur before switching as a winger. Although Bale does not command that deep fear like he used to, no thanks to the injury that has nagged and threatened his career, his presence on the pitch constantly reveals that he is still the same offensive-oriented footballer he has always been.
Gareth Bale is the sixth highest-earning footballer in the world and currently earns €2.5m ($2.7m) monthly at Real Madrid, in Spain and is regarded as one of the finest footballers in the world.
5. Luis Suárez
Salary: Under €3m per month
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team and is known for his clinical finish in front of goal.
Suárez, presently 33, remains one of the best strikers in the world and plays alongside Lionel Messi with Barcelona. Despite being perceived as aggressive, Suárez remains one of the best in front of the goal and only a few can match his feat in football.
Luis Suárez is the fifth highest-earning footballer in the world with just under €3m per month salary at Barcelona, in Spain and is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
4. Antoine Griezmann
Salary: Under €3m per month
Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the French national team.
Griezmann completed a £107m (€120m) move to the Nou Camp in July 2019, signing a five-year deal; an attempt to augment the falling Barca team after Dembele has not been reliable.
Antoine Griezmann is the fourth highest-earning footballer in the world with just under €3m per month salary at Barcelona, in Spain.
Salary: €3m per month
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered one of the best players in the world and he is known for his incredibly dribbling skill.
Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary. His transfer from Barcelona to PSG stands as the most expensive in the world at $263 million, which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing.
Neymar is the third highest-earning footballer in the world and currently earns €3m ($3.284m) at PSG; with an estimated net worth $185M, making him one of the richest footballers in the world.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Salary: €4.5m per month
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. He is regarded as the most consistent and complete footballer in the world.
Ronaldo is undoubtedly an incredible footballer. The former Real Madrid man presently plies his trade at Juventus, in Italy where he presently breaks and creates records like he did with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Ronaldo is the second-highest earning footballer in the world, behind Messi and currently earns €4.5m ($4.92m) monthly at Juventus, and is the richest footballer in the world with an estimated net worth of $450 million.
1. Lionel Messi
Salary: €8.3m per month
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Messi is regarded as the greatest footballer ever to grace the game despite incessant comparison with Ronaldo who plays on the same level with Messi.
Messi, unlike other players on this list, has played professional football with just Barcelona all his life and is quite the opposite of his person when he plays for Argentina. Regardless, Messi remains a huge threat to any opposition in football.
Lionel Messi is the highest-earning footballer in the world and currently earns €8.3m ($9m) monthly at Barcelona and he is the third richest footballer in the world, falling just behind retired English footballer, David Beckham.