The world of football at present generates a lot of money and one of the main reasons is due to the players. Without the players, nothing would be done and hence they command high transfer fees and wages.
Here, we take a look at the five most valuable players in the world at present.
Note: Figures courtesy of Transfermarkt
5. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – €38m
Antoine Griezmann finally completed his much anticipated move to Barcelona last summer and while he has not lived up to expectations so far, the move has ensured that the Frenchman’s salary increased which has led him to move up the list of highest earners.
The 29-year-old not had the worst of debut seasons as many have claimed as he has netted 14 goals and registered four assists so far and it will be interesting to see how he continues once football does resume.
4. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – €38m
One of the highest earners in the world, Gareth Bale has once again struggled with injury issues this term, one which has seen him make just 18 appearances this season and he has scored only three goals while registering two assists.
It comes as no surprise that Real Madrid want to sell him, but his astronomical wages make it all but impossible for a number of clubs to afford him.
3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – €98m
He might have been in the news for his off-field antics in the recent past, but there is no doubt that when fit and on the field, Neymar has been brilliant for Paris Saint-Germain as seen by his numbers this season.
The Brazilian has scored 18 goals and registered 10 assists in just 22 games this season and more than justifies his high wages.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – €118m
The most popular athlete in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to star for both club and country despite being 35-years-old with the striker continuing to bang in goals, netting 25 in just 32 games this season.
Add to his endorsements and personal sponsorships and you have one of the richest athletes in the world.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €131m
The highest-paid player in the world is also the best in the world at present and widely considered to be the best in the history of the sport. Lionel Messi earns a staggering sum of money per year thanks to his salary, sponsorship and endorsements, though that would reduce next season after he agreed to take a 70 percent pay cut due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
The 32-year-old as usual has been his brilliant self this season, scoring 24 goals and registering 16 assists in 31 games.