The 15 HIGHEST PAID footballers in the world – REVEALED!

first_img 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $78.2m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – This it. The top three. The top of three. It’s no surprise to see Ibrahimovic up here. After all, he played for money bags Paris Saint-Germain and millions of headlines are written every time he opens his mouth. Love him or loathe him, you want to know what the Swede has to say, even if you don’t know it yet. 15 15. Mesut Ozil has earned $38.6m in the past 12 months – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out all of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – It’s been a grand old year for our man Mesut. Yes, he still gets treated to some rather unfair criticism when playing for Arsenal, but he helped Germany cruise to the World Cup in Brazil last summer, so who’s the joke on? Not him. 1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $159.2m – The Portuguese superstar is regularly labelled egotistical and arrogant. However, it is Ronaldo’s unrelenting drive that has helped him climb to the top of the game. He may not have added anymore silverware to his collection with Real Madrid this season, but he’s scored an unbelievable amount of goals. Having also wrapped himself up in celebrity culture, the 30-year-old has several sponsorship and endorsement deals that no one can match. He’s business savvy as well as hugely talented. 15 15 11. Cesc Fabregas – $40.6m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the top 10 highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – The Spaniard’s fairytale ending with Barcelona didn’t come to pass. Awww, there, there, Cesc. Don’t feel too sorry for him, mind you. He subsequently agreed to sign for Chelsea and ended up winning the Premier League trophy with the Blues at the first attempt. That had to hurt the Gunners. 15 9. Sergio Aguero – $49.8m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – The newly crowned Premier League golden boot winner is one of football’s nice guys, it seems. The Manchester City striker’s squeaky clean image has helped him reach the pinnacle of the game. Oh, and his ridiculous ability and lethalness in front of goal, that’s helped too. 15 15 15 15 15 14. Eden Hazard – $39.2m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – The newly crowned PFA Player of the Year has been in superb form for Jose Mourinho’s side and his earnings were boosted by the bumper five-and-a-half-year contract that he signed with the west Londoners in February 2015. 7. Wayne Rooney – $53.8m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – Wazza is a divisive figure. Some people think he’s the best thing since sliced bread, others question his ability at every turn. Given that the striker is on the brink of becoming England and Manchester United’s record scorer, Rooney is laughing all the way to the bank. 8. Radamel Falcao – $51.8m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – It’s been a pretty miserable year for the Colombian, all told. At least he’s got his bank balance to cheer himself up. A serious knee injury ruled Falcao out of last summer’s World Cup and a loan moan to Manchester United has proven to be a spectacular failure. Back to the billionaire’s lair that is Monaco for you, Radamel. Probably not for long, he will have plenty of suitors. 4. Gareth Bale – $70m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the top three highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – G. Baz hasn’t had the best of times of late. The world’s most expensive footballer has been installed as Real Madrid’s scapegoat following a number of underwhelming performances and has even been tipped to return to the Premier League this summer. His finances are in order, regardless of where he will be playing next term. 5. Neymar – $62m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – Neymar has answered his critics in emphatic fashion. The Brazilian golden boy didn’t enjoy the best of starts in European football, but led his side admirably during a World Cup on home solid only to injure his back and miss the crushing defeat to Germany. He wasn’t out for long, and has played a pivotal role in Barcelona’s treble winning campaign. The forward’s commercial appeal is about to go through the roof. 15 13. Frank Lampard – $39.4m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – Super Frank somehow managed to avoid tainting his legacy with Chelsea last season, despite playing for Manchester City, and scoring against his former employers. The midfielder’s windfall is owed to a lucrative move to MLS franchise New York City FC. Cha-ching! 10. Luis Suarez – $42m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – Not even a four month ban from all footballing activity has hurt the Barcelona forward’s purse string. Biting somebody doesn’t do your reputation the world of good, but the controversial Uruguayan has raked in a cool $4.5 million from endorsements during the past year. Money, money money; it talks and everybody is listening.Footballers are paid handsomely for their exploits on the pitch, and beyond, thanks to the sheer amount of lucrative endorsement and sponsorship deals that they command too.But which players take home a little more than the majority of their colleagues? And by a little more, we mean an absolute fortune.Football’s bubble doesn’t look like it’s ever going to burst and talkSPORT can now reveal the 15 highest-earning footballers of the last 12 months, according to business magazine Forbes.No fewer than eight players that featured in the Premier League last season have collected enough cash to be included and you can click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the list in full…. 15 6. James Rodriguez – $58m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the top five highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – Admit it, you didn’t really know who the Colombian midfielder was before last summer’s World Cup, did you? That’s understandable. Ligue 1 isn’t the most exciting of division. However, James isn’t at Monaco anymore, he’s been snapped up by Real Madrid and has firmly established himself as one of the sport’s household names. 15 12. Yaya Toure – $40m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out more of the highest-paid footballers of the past 12 months – The Ivory Coast midfielder never seems to be settled. After failing to receive a birthday cake last summer, Toure threatened to throw his toys out of the pram, but ended up staying at Manchester City. Talk of an exit has been rife this summer too, but there’s been no activity as of yet. Maybe, at 32 years of age, he’s realised that he might not get as much moolah if he moves elsewhere. 15 2. Lionel Messi – $147.6m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the highest-paid footballer of the past 12 months – The Argentine wizard’s demise was widely predicted to be on the horizon last year. Injury and an apparent lack of form saw questions asked of the Barcelona forward like never before. Well, we think he’s quashed talk that he isn’t going to pass the test of time with a stunning campaign and another sizeable goal haul. Yes, he didn’t win the Ballon d’Or, but he did win the treble with the Catalan club. Not too shabby an achievement for the man most people now consider the best player to every kick a ball. 15 15last_img read more