1. Cristiano Ronaldo , of Real Madrid,
plays for N6.8bn (£18m) yearly. There
really was no question who would
head off this list. With his fresh win at
Euro 2016, Ronaldo remains at
With Ronaldo’s intense N129.3 million
(£345,000) weekly salary; he’s by far
the most rewarded playing the game.
2. And we couldn’t overlook
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with his
own N6.4billion (£17m) annual deal;
regarded as the best player, winning
all the titles short of a senior level
national team title.
And his weekly take home of N122.8
million (£330,000) is nothing to cry
3. While he’s not green, Hulk, of
Shanghai SIPG earns his N6.2bn
(£16.5m) yearly by acting like the
giant as a striker, bringing him N118.8
million (£317,000) weekly while
playing in China’s most dense city.
Once leaving Zenit St. Petersburg in
June, Hulk became a member of
4. Neymar , a teammate of Messi’s,
plays for Barcelona for a tidy N5.6
billion (£15m) annually- this spirited
duke of football continually proves his
The South American deserves every
cent of the N108.7 million (£290,000)
he makes weekly for his active goals
and relationship to Messi and Suarez.
5. Built on raw skills, Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, of Manchester United,
earns his keep with an annual N5
billion (£13m). Although Zlatan is 34
years old, his age doesn’t prevent him
from ensuring wins for his team.
Ibrahimovic maintains his position by
winning league titles in every country
that he’s joined.
Before Zlatan left PSG he too was one
of the world’s most paid; now
Manchester United pays him N93.7
million (£250,000) every week.
6. Euro 2016 star, Graziano Pelle of
Shandong Luneng, now takes in N4.7
billion (£12.5m) yearly. Pelle had
decided to leave Southampton early in
July, and the Chinese team eagerly
signed him on.
Gasps were heard everywhere when it
was reported how much Pelle now
brings in: N97.5 million (£260,000)
weekly; becoming a top-earning
football player the world over.
7. Thomas Müller of Bayern Munich
kicks around N4.3 bn (£11.5m) every
year, unlike the other footballers on
this list, Müller can’t quite be pinned
down as to his specific talent; he’s
excellent at pacing, passing, shooting,
and strategic abilities.
Thomas Müller is definitively Bayern
Munich and Deutschland’s greatest
player taking home N82.5 million
(£220,000) every week.
8. The Argentine player, Ezequiel
Lavezzi , who currently plays for Hebei
China Fortune allows the Chinese to
pay him N4 billion (£10.5m) annually.
Despite the fact that he hasn’t won a
final in the past three years when he
was with his home country; HCF
snatched him up as soon as he
mentioned leaving PSG in January.
The South American striker plays for a
sweet N74.4 million (£200,000) every
week. It cost him just N1.8 billion
(£4.7m) to transfer from his previous
team to HCF.
9. Apparently, China’s printing presses
never cease as, Jackson Martinez of
Guangzhou, earns nearly N4 billion
(£10m) every year. His weekly
contract alone is a sizzling N74.9
As a star player Martinez has brought
in multiple goals and assists in 10
games. Martinez had left Atletico
Madrid in January for Guangzhou.
10. Thiago Silva who plays for Paris-
Saint Germain excitedly earns N3.6
billion (£9.5m) annually. Silva is likely
the greatest defender beside Gerard
Pique, Diego Godin, and Sergio
The ex-AC Milan defender sleeps
soundly taking home N68.2 million
(£182,000) every week being a PSG
Ten Highest Paid Footballers In The World 2016