Soccer players make insane amounts of money, don’t they? Given their immense talent, these global superstars deserve every dime. However, only three of them made it to the list of the world’s top 100 highest-earning celebrities, despite the huge wages they earn weekly.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
By now, you must have known who the three are, as they are already legends of the game. Two of them have arguably the greatest rivalry in the history of sports, and their fans are ever at loggerheads as to whom is really the GOAT.
Who else, if not the master dribbler Lionel Messi and the goal scoring machine Cristiano Ronaldo? The third one is also as huge a star as these two in his own right, and was part of the Barcelona attacking trio dubbed MSN. Has Neymar Jr. come to mind yet?
Of the Top 100 list, Neymar Jr. comes in at number seven, earning $105 million this past year. The player left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, signing a 5-year contract with the French club. The contract brought with it some money bags, and it is reported to be worth as much as $350 million.
PSG went all out to acquire Neymar’s services, paying his $263 million release clause upfront, effectively making that 2017 summer transfer the most expensive one in the history of football.
By signing Neymar, the French team also got themselves a marketing face, with the Brazilian boasting a massive social media following.
With over 200 million followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram collectively, who’s better poised to be the face of the club? Too bad Neymar’s antics don’t always work for PSG.
Cr7 did better than Neymar, earning $109 million for the last twelve months. After a nearly decade-long successful streak at Real Madrid, the Portuguese joined the Italian champions Juventus. The move, however, saw his salary take a slight dip, with his new contract being worth $64 million annually.
Having Ronaldo in your team has to be the best thing that could ever happen to any club, and Juventus bore witness to this fact immediately.
Within a day of announcing Cr7’s arrival, the club had sold 520,000 of the new player’s jerseys, amounting to a sale of over $60 million. And although he earned less than Neymar last year, he most certainly enjoys a much bigger social media following. Combined, his followers almost hit the 400 million mark.
Do you ever mention Cristiano Ronaldo without Lionel Messi coming to mind? No matter who you support, you can’t deny the talent of the other one.
This time around, Messi comes out on top, ranking fourth in the top 100 list. The past twelve months have been really good to the little genius, bringing him $150 million.
Naturally, Messi has signed numerous contracts with his club Barcelona, but the most current one has him taking home an annual salary worth more than $80 million.
Tying with Cr7 at 5 Ballon d’Or awards each, Messi’s success as a one club man speaks for itself. He has also been Europe’s top scorer for a record six times, and it’s only fair to have him adequately compensated for his exploits.