15 of The World’s Highest-Paid Soccer Players in 2021


Soccer players at the highest levels earn massive sums of money, and the figures for Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar, who are among the best in the world, are mind-boggling. Over the last decade or so, an astounding amount of money has been poured into football. As a result, transfer fees have risen dramatically, as have player salaries. A million dollars used to be a large sum in the world of soccer. Players now earn hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation alone on a weekly basis. On average, the most well-known athletes earn a million dollars per week. The top of the industry takes home a lot more than that. Without further ado, here is a list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players.


1.    Lionel Messi

Salary & Bonuses – $97 Million

Endorsement – $33 Million


When the details of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract were revealed, he was met with a barrage of criticism. Despite Barcelona’s financial difficulties, Lionel Messi continues to earn more than twice as much as his archrival Cristiano Ronaldo. He is paid 97 million dollars.

At 33 years old, Lionel Messi remains unstoppable, but his future remains unknown. He could yet leave Barcelona this summer, and if he does, only a few clubs can meet Messi’s wage demands. European giants now pay 90 million dollars for top recruits. Barcelona’s financial woes could be solved by releasing Messi, but whether or not this is a wise decision is debatable because no one can match Lionel Messi’s quality.

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