Today’s top flight football has a lot of money in it. And the footballers are making a killing. They are amongst the highest paid athletes in the world. And it doesn’t end here. Their fame and brand also lure in big endorsement deals from all ends of the business spectrum. Here are the top 10 highest earning footballers in the year of 2016.
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The Portugal and Real Madrid super star Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer in2016. The 4-time golden boot winner is not just a hit on the pitch, his brand ‘CR7’ is soaring to new highs every passing year. He is one of the highest paid athletes by sports brand Nike. Ronaldo is also the face for Herbalife, Tag Heure, Clear, Pestana Hotel Group. In 2016, Ronaldo made $ 29 Million just from endorsements.
2. Lionel Messi.
Earnings: $77 Million
Probably the greatest footballer of current times, Messi is also one of the highest paid footballers in 2016. The 5 time Ballon d’Or winner is the face for Lays, Gatorade, EA Sports and Adidas. Last year, He made $ 51 Million on salaries and bonuses. The endorsements made him a cool $26 Million.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Earnings: $ 37 Million
The enigmatic swede Zlatan Ibrahimović has been at the top of his game for years. He is the greatest footballer ever to come out of Sweden and the face for the automobile giants Volvo, Nike and Vitamin Well. The PSG star made $ 30 million from salary and bonuses and the endorsements got him another$7 Million.
Earnings: $ 36 Million
Neymar is the next big thing to come from Brazil. At the age 24, he is already a superstar. The Barcelona and Brazil sensation is the face for Nike, Rexona, Clear and electronics giants Panasonic. Neymar made $14 million from salary and bonuses. His endorsements got him $22 million.
5. Gareth Bale
Earnings: $ 34Million
The world’s most expensive player and the Welsh dragon Gareth Bale is the face for Adidas, BT Sports and Xperia. The Real Madrid superstar made $ 24 Million on Salary & Bonuses. Endorsements made him $10 Million.
6. Wayne Rooney
Earnings: $ 26Million
The England and Manchester United captain is one of the highest paid players in the English Premier League –the richest league in the world. Rooney is sponsored by Nike, Harper Collins. Rooney made $ 20 Million from Salary & Bonuses. The endorsements made him $ 6 Million in 2016.
7. Sergio Aguero
Earnings: $ 24Million
The Manchester City star is one of the biggest stars in south American football. Aguero is the face for Puma, Pepsi, EA Sports. He made $17 Million from Salary & Bonuses. Endorsements got Aguero in $7 Million.
8. Luis Suarez
Earnings: $ 23 Million
The Barcelona striker is the face for Adidas, Pepsi and Abitab. He made $18 Million Salary & Bonuses and $ 5 Million from Endorsements.
9. Eden Hazard
Earnings: $ 22 Million
The Belgium and Chelsea ace is the face for Nike, Topps, Lotus Bakeries. Hazard made $ 18 Million from Salary and bonuses. Endorsements made him $ 4 Million.
10. Cesc Fabregas
Earnings: $21 Million
The former Barcelona midfielder is sponsored by Puma, Beats by Dr.Dre. Cesc Fabregas made $ 16 Million from Salary and bonuses. Endorsements made him$ 5 Million.
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