Alexis Sanchez being the new highest paid player in the Premier League 2018, you know this list will change. But I still below you will like to still ask where does he rank amongst the Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers 2018? Following the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Jr and others.
Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers 2018 (world Highest-Paid Players in 2018)
#10 Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng)
Chinese outfit Shandong Luneng paid a fee of £12 million to bring Italian marksman Graziano Pelle to the Super League from Southampton in 2016. His £300,000-per-week wages placed him fifth on the list of highest earners in soccer back then.
According to Marca, the Italian currently earns £15 million every year.
#9 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Manchester United emptied a considerable number of coffers in the summer of 2016 when they forked out £89 million to bring 24-year-old Paul Pogba back to England from Juventus. The gigantic sum made the Frenchman the most expensive footballer back then.
Paul Pogba bags the highest salary at the moment of £15.4 million per year in the Premier League as per Marca’s figures.
#8 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
French sensation Kylian Mbappe is a newbie who made this list following his loan move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He currently earns £15.9 million per year, under his new contract with Les Parisiens.
#7 Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)
Brazilian striker Hulk has been a constant presence amongst the world’s highest earners in soccer. He joined Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG for a £45 million fee in 2016. His transfer from Zenit St. Petersburg was the highest Asian transfer back then, broken by the arrival of his international teammate Oscar to China.
The 31-year-old currently merits an annual income of £17.6 million according to the Spanish tabloid Marca.
#6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
A complete shocker! Cristiano Ronaldo being one of the two dictators of the generation alongside Leo Messi has failed to breach even the top 5 of this list according to the figures displayed by Marca.
The Portuguese giant is currently serving his contract that is set to expire in 2021. As of now, he earns £18.5 million per year, according to the tabloid.
#5 Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China)
Ezequiel Lavezzi was another high-profile star who made a switch to the Chinese Super League back in 2016. Signed for £23.5 million by Hebei China, the Argentinian currently earns £20.3 million per year, as per Marca’s figures.
#4 Oscar (Shanghai SIPG)
Oscar caused an outrage when he chose to join Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG in a £60 million deal in 2016 from Chelsea. His move to the Chinese club is the most expensive Asian transfer of all time.
At present, he earns £21.1 million annually according to Marca and is the fourth footballer on this list who plays for a Chinese club.
#3 Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)
Alexis Sanchez’s swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way has been the steal of the season. Apart from the rise in his popularity worldwide as a Man United no.7, the 30-year old is set to become the Premier League’s highest earner with £450,000 per week wages. He will bag a sum of £23.4 million once he completes his move to Old Trafford, according to Marca.
#2 Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Paris Saint-Germain broke the world transfer record when they snatched Neymar from Barcelona’s clutches for £198 million last summer. Considering the avalanche fee they paid for him, it is but natural to see him amongst the top three highest earners in the game right now.
According to his latest contract, Neymar will earn £31.7 million annually at the Parc Des Princes.
#1 Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Lionel Messi became the ultimate earner in the game following Carlos Tevez’s move back to Boca Juniors this January. Every Barca fan might have breathed a sigh of relief when the Argentinan signed a contract extension at the end of last year. Under his new contract, until 2021, the Argentine merits an annual sum of £40.5 million, according to Marca.
So here is the Top 10 Highest Paid Footballers 2018 following Sportskeeda.com update. Note you can use the comment box to tell us what you think about this list.