Highest Earning Footballers' XI in 2021

Mudeet Arora
Messi and Ronaldo are among the highest earning footballers in 2021
Messi and Ronaldo are among the highest earning footballers in 2021 / David Ramos/Getty Images

There is no doubt that wages in the world of football have inflated beyond control. Just recently, it was reported that Mino Raiola intends to make Erling Haaland the world's first £1 million-per-week player.

Honestly, no one deserves that kind of money, but that is how football has shaped up to be in the modern day.

Today we bring you an XI of the highest paid footballers in the world.

P.S: Wages are shown per annum.

1. David de Gea (€15 million)

David De Gea
De Gea is the highest earning goalkeeper in world football / Visionhaus/Getty Images

David De Gea is the highest earning goalkeeper in world football right now despite not even being Manchester United's number 1 goalkeeper at the moment.

2. Sergio Ramos (€12 million)

Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos earns more than any other defender in the world / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has enjoyed a career filled with silverware and he has definitely earned the right to be the highest paid defender in the world considering the success he has led Los Blancos to.

3. Virgil van Dijk (€9 million)

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk is one of the best paid centre-backs in world football / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

One of the most important players for Liverpool in the last couple of years has been Virgil van Dijk and due to his immense contribution, his latest deal sees him second on the list of highest earning defenders in world football at the moment.

4. Gerard Pique (€8.5 million)

Gerard Pique
Pique is one of the highest earning centre-backs in world football / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is one of the highest earning centre-backs in world football.

One of the seniors in the squad, Pique is the backbone of Barca's defence and success over the years.

5. Paul Pogba (€17.3 million)

Paul Pogba
Pogba is one of the highest paid midfielders in the world / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Paul Pogba is showing glimpses of what he is capable of at Manchester United and earns quite a lot of money for doing that.

The French midfielder is reportedly on a £290,000-per-week salary, making him the second highest earner at the club after David De Gea.

6. Kevin De Bruyne (€18.4 million)

Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne is the highest earning player at Manchester City / Mika Volkmann/Getty Images

Arguably the best midfielder in world football right now, Kevin De Bruyne takes home a reported €18.4m as part of his new contract that he signed with Manchester City recently.

7. Antoine Griezmann (€21 million)

Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann is one of the highest earners at Barcelona / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona shelled out €120 million to trigger Antoine Griezmann's release clause from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019.

On signing his contract with the Catalan giants, Griezmann instantly became one of their highest paid players, going home with an annual pay of €21 million.

8. Lionel Messi (€76 million)

Lionel Messi
Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world with his latest new reported deal at Barcelona / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona are said to be in dire financial condition and Messi still earns more than double of what Ronaldo and Neymar earn.

While Messi is still incredible at his age, Barcelona are now figuring out a way to ensure he stays with them till the end of his career.

9. Gareth Bale (€27.5 million)

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale earns a lot of money from both Real Madrid and Tottenham at the moment / Clive Rose/Getty Images

Gareth Bale had a pretty weird and glorious time at Real Madrid. Eventually, things did not work out there and he returned to Tottenham ahead of the ongoing season.

Currently, Bale pockets €27.5 million in wages per year which is shared by the Spanish and English club.

10. Neymar (€30 million)

Neymar is one of the highest paid footballers in the world / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

The most expensive transfer in the history of football, Neymar also mints a lot of money as wages at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian maestro pockets €30 million in annual wages and is one of the three highest-earning footballers on the planet.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo (€31 million)

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo earns a hell lot of money at Juventus / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 after an incredibly successful stint at Real Madrid in a deal worth more than €100 million. He immediately became their highest paid player.

Cristiano Ronaldo gets €31 million in wages annually and that is four times more the second highest paid player at the club, Matthijs de Ligt.