Footballers occupy most spots of the highest paid sportspersons in the world. Apart from the extravagant club wages, they also earn big moolah from the national team, endorsements and some have even started their own brand.

Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo not only owns his own apparel brand, but he also owns a five-star hotel and a museum which is dedicated to himself. Overall, he is the highest earner in the game but when we talk about money earned purely from football, his arch-rival Lionel Messi pips him by a large share.

In a recent report which revealed the top ten earners in football from Europe – Lionel Messi featured on the top of the list, followed by Ronaldo and then Antoine Griezmann.

Recently, the Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus for a staggering sum of 100 million euros. At today’s market, that sum may seem normal considering it involves one of football’s all-time greatest but this is the first time a club has shelled out that huge of a sum for a 33 (now 34) year-old.

The most expensive footballer in the world is Brazil’s Neymar – he was bought by French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a sum of 222 million euros. While his compatriot Phillipe Coutinho was purchased by Barcelona from Liverpool for 180 million- matching the sum PSG paid for 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

The football transfer fee is based on a lot of aspects apart from footballing reasons as well – marketability being the major factor. To those of you who thought Ronaldo’s fee was too much know this – Within just 20 minutes of the transfer, Juventus’s stock rocketed by 16% increasing the valuation of the football Club to €730m. That’s how much of an impact a good transfer can have.

Football is now sadly, but inevitably becoming all about which club spends the most and whose wage bill budget is large enough to purchase some of the best talents of the football world.

Here’s the current top ten highest-paid (from clubs) footballers in Europe:

Here’s how the list looks like:

S.No.PlayerTeamMonthly wage (In Euros)
3GriezmannAtletico Madrid€3.3m
6BaleReal Madrid€2.5m
8AlexisMan Utd€2.28m

The list features five players from La Liga (Spain’s top-flight league), two each from the Premier League (England) and Ligue one (France) and just Ronaldo from the Serie A (Italy).

With the summer transfer coming up this year, a lot of big-money transfers are bound to happen which would see a reshuffling of this list.