Fans from all over the world watch the best European leagues, which translates into a lot of money in the form of TV rights and other sponsorship deals.
This money is used by clubs to entice the top players in the world to join their ranks. During each transfer window, the world’s finest players are inundated with lucrative bids from other clubs. Over the course of a year, some of these athletes can earn a fortune in salary alone.
L’Equipe, a prestigious French news outlet, has published a list of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1, La Liga, and the Premier League.
We did our own research to determine the top five highest-paid footballers in Europe. Let’s get right to know this players
- Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard-€2.27m
Yes, Gareth Bale has had a distinguished Real Madrid career. In the last decade, he has been one of their best players, but let’s face it, the Welshman is currently an expensive burden. Bale has lost favor at the club, and his persistent injury problems have reduced him to a supporting role.
Bale’s Real Madrid contract runs out this summer. He last signed a contract extension in 2016, and he reportedly earns up to €2.27 million per month under the provisions of that agreement.
That is an excessive amount of money for a guy who has only started four La Liga games this season.
Eden Hazard is said to be paid on par with Gareth Bale. In 2019, Hazard signed a club-record €115 million contract with Real Madrid.His time in Madrid has been disappointing, and the Belgian international has also failed to justify his salary.
- Cristiano Ronaldo-€2.63m
Manchester United jumped in without hesitation when they learned that Cristiano Ronaldo was leaving Juventus last summer. Given the state of the squad at the time, the jury is still out on whether this was the wisest option for the Red Devils.
Ronaldo receives a monthly salary of €2.63 million. Although he was purchased for only €15 million by the Red Devils, it is apparent that he is a major financial drain on the club.
- Lionel Messi-€3.375m
Last summer, Lionel Messi signed a free transfer with Paris Saint-Germain. As a result, PSG was able to entice him with a generous salary contract. Messi’s monthly salary is a staggering €3.375 million.
By his own lofty standards, the 34-year-old has had a somewhat disappointing season at PSG. He’s only scored two goals in Ligue 1 so far this season, but he’s tied for the league lead in assists with ten.
During PSG’s 3-0 win over Bordeaux, Messi was booed by the crowd. This came after PSG were knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Real Madrid, with Messi being blamed for underperforming.
The Argentine superstar has seven goals and 11 assists in 26 games this season across all competitions.
- Neymar Jr.-€4.083m
Neymar Jr. is the most expensive football signing of all time, having been acquired for €222 million by Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in 2017. According to L’Equipe, he’s also the world’s highest-paid footballer.
Neymar is said to get a monthly salary of €4.083 million. Due to injury, the Brazilian international has been out for the duration of this season. He has shown flashes of his brilliance since his return, but he hasn’t been able to completely dominate proceedings like he once did.