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Top Earning Football Athletes and Managers

L’Équipe, a nationwide daily newspaper in France which devotes itself to sports stories, has published its annual list of the current highest-paid Football players and coaches.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are at the top of the players’ list, which won’t come as much of a surprise, but what may be a bit of a revelation is that Messi currently earns roughly twice as much as Ronaldo does!

The legendary forward for Football Club Barcelona, who is apparently reconsidering his future at the Camp Nou Stadium which his Club calls home after publicly calling out Director of Football Eric Abidal, earns an incredible €8.3 million gross each month. His Juventus FC counterpart, however, earns €4.5 million gross a month.

The Argentinian reacted furiously to what he sees as Abidal’s attempt to lay blame for the recent firing of Ernesto Valverde on the players and has demanded that Abidal take responsibility for his own decisions. He said that the Football Director should name names if what he is insinuating is true.

The Complete List of Footballers’ Gross Monthly Income

  1. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi – €8.3 million
  2. FC Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo –- €4.5 million
  3. Paris Saint-Germain FC’s Neymar – €3 million
  4. FC Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann – just less than €3 million
  5. FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez – just less than €3 million
  6. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale – €2.5 million
  7. Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard – €2.5 million
  8. Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe – €1.9 million
  9. Manchester United’s David De Gea – €1.8 million
  10. Bayern Munich FC’s Robert Lewandowski – €1.7 million

The only way the rest of us would ever see this kind of money is by some really lucky AFL footy betting!

If you check out earnings in the Premier League, David de Gea is followed by Meseuit Ozil from Arsenal, who makes just over €1.6 million gross, and the Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, who are paid just over €1.6 million gross and €1.4 million respectively. Then there is Paul Pogba who sees his bank account swell by €1.36 million gross every 30 days.

Check Out the Coaches’ Income

As extraordinary as it may sound, however, none of his players is earning quite as much as Manchester City’s Head Coach Josep Guardiola Sala.  Pep pulls in almost €2 million gross monthly, which makes it a lot easier to understand why he has no intention of walking away from his spot at the Etihad Stadium!

Next up is current Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH, who gets almost €1.5 million and Jürgen Norbert Klopp, who gets the same.

But Pep is not the highest-paid manager in Football. That dubious honour falls, rather unexpectedly, to Diego Simone from Atlético Madrid, who receives an eye-watering €3.6 million monthly.

Zinedine Zidane from Real Madrid is fifth on the list, with €1.4 million, and  Serie A club Inter Milan Head Coach Antonio Conte places sixth, with €1.38 million swelling his coffers monthly.