This list of the Top 7 Highest Paid Soccer Players in the World, is generated by the France Football Magazine and it’s collated by adding their club salaries, endorsement deals.
Beside LIONEL MESSI has recently signed an enormous new contract with Barcelona, where does he rank among the highest-paid footballers in the World Check the list below.
7. CRISTIANO RONALDO ($450 MILLION)
Cristiano Ronaldo , born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Ronaldo has four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 22 trophies in his career, including five league titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship. A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in the top five European leagues (369), the UEFA Champions League (105) and the UEFA European Championship (29), as well as the most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). He has scored more than 600 senior career goals for club and country.
By age 22, he had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations and at 23 years old, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2009, Ronaldo was the subject of the most expensive association football transfer[note 2] when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth €94 million ($132 million). In Spain, Ronaldo has won two La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, three Champions League titles, and two FIFA Club World Cups.
Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer in the world with £15 million a year ($21.5m) a year after tax salary. Only Messi can match his yearly salary from club football.
Ronaldo is also the most endorsed footballer and currently has 4th most lucrative endorsement deal in sports with Nike worth £14.1 million a year ($21m) plus number of other deals.
Ronaldo also have CR7 branded has clothing and shoes lines plus his $80 million worth of CR7 hotel project in 4 different cities.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a unique contract with Real Madrid where he is getting paid £288,000 a week (after tax) salary costing Real Madrid over £500,000 a week to have him in the squad. That is massive £15 million a year ($21.5m) after tax salary more than anyone else in football making him the highest paid footballer.
His native Portugal honored him by renaming an international airport after he led that country to a UEFA Euro title last summer. This season he led Real Madrid to La Liga title and back-to-back Champions League crowns. His growing line of CR7 branded products now include shoes, underwear, fragrance, jeans and a line of hotels. Ronaldo remains the most popular athlete in the world with 275 million social media followers.