Spanish Primera Division is commonly known as La Liga and it is a competition played for almost ninety years, as it was founded in 1929. Real Madrid is the team that has the most titles in the history of the competition (32), but it also has a tough task for this season – to beat their arch rivals Barcelona, who are the current La Liga holders.
Soccer is the only game that boasts of a worldwide following, a large and addictive fan base and lucrative injections of finance. There is no doubt that soccer has the best forms of sponsorship, not forgetting the universal team of players that play in different clubs across the continents. There is one stunning thing about soccer players heavily reap from their talents. A look at some of the players will definitely tell you that there are millionaires who live football. Here is the list of the top five best earning soccer players who bagging lucrative monies from their boots of soccer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely a big name, not only in La liga but the whole sport of football. Currently playing for Real Madrid, the Portuguese is one of the massive talents in the world of football. Having bagged a number of awards alongside his salary, he is one of the highly paid players on the global arena. Cristiano also played for the world’s biggest clubs such as Manchester United, leaving behind a mark that is not so easy for one to beat. Currently earning a salary of $73 million each year, the Portuguese is by all means one of the millionaires in the world’s sporting industry.
Lionel Messi is another of the big guns in the soccer industry. Coming on top as one of the highest earning players in La liga, the Argentinian national has made a name for himself not only by bagging big money but also scoring miraculous goals. He definitely carries the envy of many players who wish to ever make a similar mark. Messi bags $62 million every year with more than sixty percent of it being the wages he receives from his current club, Barcelona. The remainder of the money comes from his endorsements with the sponsors.
PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the nest up of the highest paid footballers in recent times. Known for his capability to shoot dangerously from his own half, he was recently crowned as the player of the year for his team, Paris Saint Germain. He is a start that has been rising over the years, playing for the world’s biggest soccer clubs among them Barcelona, Juventus, Milan before settling at PSG. He earns an annual salary of forty one million US dollars, out of which his sporting wages account for thirty six million dollars.
Gareth Bale comes forth as one of the world’s top five best paid soccer players. Playing for Real Madrid, he is also a crucial element of his Wale’s national team. His sporting star rose to fame at Southampton when he was playing on the left back, sequentially rising to claim his position as one of the best free kick shooters of his time. He recently played for Tottenham Hotspurs before making a giant move to Real Madrid, one of the best clubs in Spain. He earns a salary of up to $37 million, with his sporting club paying him over twenty five million dollars for his salary every year.
Radamel Falcao seems a new name to the list of the best earning soccer players in the world, playing for Manchester United. The Colombian is a dangerous striker not only for his club but also his national team. Formerly playing for Monaco, the Colombian saw his transfer to Manchester United doubled his wages to bring him to the five best paid players of the world. He earns a net total of $35.4 million a year, out of which Manchester united pays 33 million as his wages on the field.
Ballon d’OR award is the best award any footballer can ever have to his name. There are only a few players who have made it to this elite club. And far more, only five have managed to hold the award for three consecutive times. Such players are some of the finest talents in the world of soccer, beating all odds to hang onto the title for more than three consecutive seasons are no gamble for any lesser player. Here are the three time winners of the Ballon d’Or award, the highest award any footballer can claim.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the current holder of the trophy, is the latest three time winner of Ballon d’Or for three running years. Having first clanged on the lucrative award in 2008, he is a great talent in the world of football. The Portuguese rose to fame for firing his country through numerous competitions via his fiery playing style, he helped his club, Manchester United, win UEFA championship competitions in the year 2007/2008. Cristiano also continue to show an unending passion for football, a factor that makes him a likely competitor for the coming awards of the same category.
Although Ronaldo trailed Messi in the following three years after his first win, he again rose to recapture the title in 2013, adding up to the trophy as a two time holder of the award. After switching to Real Madrid, he made his stunts again, showing classy performances while playing for the club where he managed to get his second ward. Later on in 2013/2014, the Portuguese fired sixty shots through the net for his club and ten more for his home country, making him get the title a third time.
Lionel Messi, an Argentinian by nationality, saw the trophy stay constantly in his custody for the years starting 2009 to 2012. Seeing his club Barcelona through a multitude of competitions as well, he was crowned the king for the first time in 2009 after his club winning UEFA championships, Copa del Rey and the Spanish La liga. With remarkable strikes that saw him and his club dominate soccer during those years, he was one of the top players of the world. The Argentinian continues to show skill with his club, with the only real competition coming from Ronaldo as for now.
Marco Van Basten also made the headlines when he won the title in 1988, 1989 and later in 1992. His crucial shots were the driving force that saw the Netherlands takes control of the UEFA championships during the 1988 competitions. He was the only first player to net four goals during UEFA championships competitions as well.
Michael platini closes the list of three time ballon d’Or winners in recent history. He is the second Dutch footballer to claim this trophy, making the Netherlands the only country with two players owning the award. He first won the trophy in 1984, then maintained a firm grip on the trophy for the next two years including 1984 and 1985.