The World’s Highest-Paid Soccer Players

To compile the list of the world’s highest paid we combed through team filings and spoke with players’ agents, talent agencies, commercial sponsors and soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe. Figures are in US $ and include soccer salaries, bonuses, and endorsements earned in 2014. Transfer fees are excluded,


David Silva, Manchester City / Spain
Earnings: $17.3 million

Salary & Bonus: $15.8 million

Endorsements: $1.5 million

Major Sponsors: Adidas

The Spanish midfielder signed a new 5-year contract last August to extend his current stay with City until 2019. He has won two Premier League titles in his 5 seasons with the club.


Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich / France

Earnings: $17.7 million
Salary & Bonus: $16.2 million

Endorsements: $1.5 million

Major Sponsor: Nike

Despite signing a 4-year contract extension in the summer of 2013, the 31-year old striker told a German news outlet that he “could imagine going to the U.S., Qatar or Dubai for a new experience.”


Frank Lampard, Manchester City / UK

Earnings: $17.8 million
Salary & Bonus: $13.8 million

Endorsements: $4 million

Major Sponsors: Adidas, Pepsi

The 36-year old British midfielder’s career in the Prem League comes to an end this month. After a debacle involving the timing of his official contract, he will finally join New York City FC July 1st. The 36-year old is expected to earn $6 million a season and be with the expansion club through December 2016.


Steven Gerrard, Liverpool / UK

Earnings: $18.3 million
Salary & Bonus: $12.3 million

Endorsements: $6 million

Major Sponsors: Adidas, Lucozade

In January the LA Galaxy signed Liverpool captain, signaling an end to his one-club career. He’ll join the club in July and make $9 million over an 18-month deal.


Touré, Manchester City / Ivory Coast

Earnings: $19.7 million
Salary & Bonus: $17 million

Endorsements: $2.7 million

Major Sponsor: Puma

The Ivorian midfielder rejected a new City contract and is set to sign with Inter Milan of Italy’s Serie A for an estimated $9 million playing contract.


James Rodriguez, Real Madrid / Colombia

Earnings: $25.4 million
Salary & Bonus: $21.4 million

Endorsements: $4 million

Major Sponsors: Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Huawei, Hugo Boss, Dentics

Though his Colombian squad lost in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup, the 23-year old striker left with the Golden Boot award given to the best player for scoring a tournament-high 6 goals. His bumper $100 million move to Real Madrid followed, along with an immediate comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo. Shortly after he posed in his new line of J10 underwear created by newest sponsor Bronzini Black. He just signed a long-term extension with Adidas.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid / Portugal

Earnings: $79 million
Salary & Bonus: $52.2 million

Endorsements: $26.8 million

Major Sponsors: Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife, CR7 Underwear, Shirts & Shoes, Clear For Men

The three-time and reigning FIFA best player in the world has scored 60 or more goals in each of the last four calendar years and averages a goal a game for his club. He has a $50+ million a year salary (with bonuses) to show for it. He’s also the world’s most popular athlete, with 102 million Facebook and 35 million Twitter followers

In January his agent Jorge Mendes told French outlet Telefoot his superstar could move to the United States after his Real Madrid career expires – in 2018, when he’s 33 years old.

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