Every year France Football publishes a list of highest-paid footballers in the world. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo top the list in 2020.
Once more duo of GOATs is high above everyone else by a far margin. But what does France Football measure after all?
Their list isn’t just a list of biggest football salaries – they add up salary and all marketing revenue that players get. And that’s very important for Fenomeno. If you support a player on Fenomeno, you’ll not just get a share of his salaries, but also a share of his advertisements and bonuses.
Messi sits on the first place on the list. Argentinian magician earned €131 million this season. That’s €1 million more than last season, despite all that’s happening in football right now.
Cristiano Ronaldo is second on this list. Portuguese legend earned €118 million, €5 million more than last year. Neymar is third on the list with €95 million, and then there is a massive gap.
Despite scoring just 3 goals in 18 games for Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is fourth with gross earnings of €38 million. Exactly that is the income of Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard, too. It seems that earning €38 million a year isn’t that good for your performance on the pitch.
In the 7th place comes a surprise. Andres Iniesta is 35, he plays in Japan, but he earns €34 million a year. His endorsement contracts are very big, and therefore he is on this list.
Only Premier League player on this list is Raheem Sterling, with €33 million on his account in 2020. Robert Lewandovski is the only Bundesliga player on the list, and he earns €29 million a year. The last one is the youngest one. Kylian Mbappe is tipped to be the new Messi or Ronaldo. For now, he is “just” one of the best players on earth, and he earns €27 million a year.