Football is undoubtedly the most loved sport in the world. Football stars are role models to the young and old, national heroes. Footballers also earn huge wages and are mostly the richest sportsmen due to the soccer being the most watched sport in the world, therefore, attracting huge capital investment.
Here are the 2018 top 5 current highest paid footballers in the world.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Santos Aveiro €21m
Cristiano Ronaldo was born on the 5th of February 1985. Currently playing as a forward for the Spanish club, Real Madrid, he considered the best player in the world. Some argue he is the best of all time. Often compared to Lionel Messi, Cristiano has five Ballon d’Or awards to his name and takes the number five spot as the 5th highest paid footballer in the world, earning a large sum of €21m annually.
Ezequiel Lavezzi €23m
Argentine-born Ezequiel Lavezzi is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Chinese club Hebei China Fortune and his country’s national team. Lavezzi is known for his pace, technique and dribbling ability. He is often used as a winger or deployed as the second striker occasionally. Lavezzi Ranks as the 4th highest paid footballer with his yearly earnings at €23m
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior €24m
Oscar was born on the 9th of September 1991. He plays as an attacking midfielder for Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG. In 2016 it was confirmed by the Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG that the club had agreed on terms with Chelsea for Brazilian professional footballer at a reported £60m. Oscar earns €24m a year, ranking as the third highest paid footballer in the world.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior €36m
Born 5th February 1992, Neymar is the second highest paid footballer in the world, earning a total of €36m a year. The Brazilian born star plays as a forward for the French club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Known for his ability to use both feet, amazing finish, and dribbling, Neymar is sometimes compared to Brazilian legend, Pele´.
Lionel Andre´ Messi €46m
Lionel Messi, the highly regarded greatest in the world. He takes the number one spot as the highest paid footballer, earning a whopping €46m. Born June 24th, 1987, the Argentinian bomb has five Ballon d’Ors to his name, four of which he won consecutively. He is his countries highest goal scorer and currently plays as a right winger for Spanish club FC Barcelona and for his country’s national team.