Soccer is a very old game which is still loved dearly by millions of fans across the globe. Fans take all soccer matches very seriously and the party after their teams win a league or a tournament is extremely wild. Recently, Liverpool FC won their first-ever Premier League title and the fans were overwhelmed with joy.
The rivalries between teams and players and fans are also to an extreme. This means where there is love, there is also rivalry. Competitive professional soccer leagues are one of the highest-grossing tournaments around the world. The sheer money that goes in and out of these tournaments is incredible. This is the reason why many big names in the soccer industry get paid so handsomely.
The top of the bunch in the football industry, namely, Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) and Neymar Jr. (PSG), all are the top paid soccer players in the world right now. These players are brilliant in what they do. Their skills, their passion and their hard work has made them one of the best in the world and thus the high pay.
The Argentinian, Lionel Messi, has earned the most money in the last 12 months than any other player. With $92 million as his yearly salary and further $34 million from endorsements, partnerships and other deals, the grand total of a single player in a year go up to $126 million.
Portugal born Cristiano Ronaldo does not lie too far behind. The forward has earned around $117 million in the last 12 months from his yearly salary and other endorsements.
Take a look at the following infographic to visualize the top paid soccer players in the last 12 months.
Infographic by: statista