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Top 20 highest-paid football players in the world

Modified 01 Sep 2019, 22:00 IST
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#16 Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva has won several trophies with PSG
Thiago Silva has won several trophies with PSG

Endorsements: $1M

Salary & Bonus: $21.5M

Total: $22.5M

Largest Sponsor/Partner: Nike

Paris Saint-Germain have built an outstanding team in recent years and the key to building that team was attracting players by offering them astronomical wages. 

The Parisian club's captain, Thiago Silva, who has been with the club since 2012 earns $21.5 million as salary. He has played 284 games for the club and has helped them win 20 trophies so far. 

#15 Sergio Agüero

Aguero is Manchester City
Aguero is Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer

Endorsements: $5.5M

Salary & Bonus: $17.1M

Total: $22.6M

Largest Sponsors/Partners: Puma, Pepsi

Sergio Aguero is currently the second longest-serving player in the Manchester City squad behind David Silva. He joined the Cityzens in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and has become the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 235 goals from just 341 games. 

The Argentine earns a lot of money from endorsements in addition to earning $17.1 million annually from Man City. The salary he receives is justified as he has helped them win 12 trophies including four league titles. 

#14 Luis Suárez

Luis Suarez is already Barcelona
Luis Suarez is already Barcelona's fifth highest goalscorer

Endorsements: $3.5M

Salary & Bonus: $20.1M

Total: $23.6M

Largest Sponsor/Partner: Puma


Since joining Barcelona in 2014, Luis Suarez has been Barcelona's second-best player behind Lionel Messi. He has gone on to score 177 goals for the club in only 248 appearances and he even won the European Golden Shoe in 2014 and 2016 (the former was with Liverpool). 

The Uruguayan has won 13 trophies with the club and will be hoping to add a few more this season as it could be his last season with them because his best days are clearly behind him. 

#13 Ángel Di María

Di Maria has played for fantastic clubs in his career
Di Maria has played for fantastic clubs in his career

Endorsements: $2M

Salary & Bonus: $21.7M

Total: $23.7M

Largest Sponsor/Partner: Adidas

Angel Di Maria is the second of four PSG players in this list. The Argentine played for some of Europe's biggest clubs before joining the Parisian side in 2015. 

Interestingly, the 31-year-old earns more than his teammate Edinson Cavani who has been at the club longer than him. If you take into account only the salary, he earns more than nine players on this list. 

Published 01 Sep 2019, 22:00 IST
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