5 highest paid footballers in 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise move to Juventus made him one of the most expensive players in the world. Give that he is 33-years-old and still gets listed in the top five earners speaks volumes of his consistency and also the willingness of clubs in taking a risk to win trophies. For a long time now, Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar have occupied the top three positions in terms of both salaries and performance.
The 2018 World Cup did give us some stars like Pogba and Mbappe, but the impact of their performance will reflect in their salaries only when their contracts are renewed. Mbappe is linked to Real Madrid since the last two years and there are chances that he may become the costliest football player ever, in years to come.
There are also some surprises like Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United and Oscar, who plays in the Chinese league, as their salaries don’t match the impact they have had in the respective leagues that they play in.
Here is the list of the top five earners annually in the football world.
Note: Only salaries are considered, minus the endorsements.
#5 Oscar (£21.1m)
The Brazilian playmaker was seen as the next best thing in the Premier League. The Chelsea team was built around him. So much so that Mourinho chose him over the Chelsea fan favourite Juan Mata who was sold to Manchester United.
However, in January 2017, Oscar gave up his European dream to sign for Shanghai SIPG in a lucrative deal making him the fifth highest wage earner in the football world. Oscar earns £400,000 per week and he earned £21.1m in purely wages in the year 2018. Just like Oscar many other Brazilians like Hulk, Pato and Ramires are playing for different Chinese clubs and earning a lot more than their European counterparts.