Football is a king sport and football players are also among the topmost expensive athletes in the world in 2018, according to the publication of the famous magazine Forbes.
1. Lionel Messi
Messi is an Argentinian footballer and also the forward of FC Barcelona. Messi is paid the highest salary at this club with $ 111 million, including $ 84 million in salary and an additional $ 27 million in transfer fees.
At the age of 13, Messi moved to Spain after FC Barcelona agreed to pay for medical treatment. And then this player led the club to the championship.
In 2012, Messi set many records. In November 2017, he agreed to extend his contract with Barcelona to stay for the 2020-21 season. The contract promises an annual salary and a bonus of at least $ 80 million.
Messi also has a lifetime deal with Adidas. Other agreements are Gatorade, Pepsi, and Huawei. There is even a park called Messi Experience Park scheduled to open in 2020 in Nanjing, China.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Forbes ranked Cristiano Ronaldo as the 2nd highest paid footballer and the 3rd highest paid athlete in 2018. Ronaldo earned $ 61 million in wages and bonuses from Real Madrid, $ 47 million in transfers and a total of $ 108 million. Ronaldo moved to Juventus in a 4-year deal. The total cost of the transfer is $ 140 million. The annual salary will be $ 35 million.
In 2017, Ronaldo scored 44 goals in 43 games and was honored with the 5th Golden Ball. He also won his 5th Champions League title. Ronaldo has a lifetime contract with Nike for 1 billion dollars. Other deals include Herbalife, EA Sports and American Tourister.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, who almost only called the first word. He is the 3rd highest paid footballer, with 90 million dollars. In particular, Neymar earned $ 73 million in wages, $ 17 million in transfers. In August 2017, Neymar signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian striker has partnered with global sponsors, including Nike, Red Bull and McDonald. He is also the first footballer to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers manufactured by Swoosh.
4. Gareth Bale
Earning $ 34.6 million, Gareth Bale became the fourth highest paid player. He earned $ 28.6 million in salary along with $ 6 million in transfers. The Real Madrid striker is originally from Wales. In May 2018, Bale scored 2 goals, leading his team to the 3rd consecutive Champions League title. In October 2016, he signed an extension contract with the club until June 2022. Bale has a contract with Adidas until 2020.
5. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is the fifth most expensive player, earning $ 29.5 million, including 25 million salary and $ 4.5 million transfer. Originally from France, Pogba plays as a midfielder for Manchester United. The 5-year contract has a salary of at least $ 20 million. Pogba also has a 10-year contract with Adidas.