Top 6 highest paid players at Euro 2016

Posted on June 18 2016 , at 04:11 pm
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - the current world best soccer stars and highest paid athletes. Photo: Getty Images
Ronaldo and Messi are the current world best soccer stars and highest paid athletes. Photo: Getty Images

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest-paid athlete earning $88 million with as much as $32 million coming through endorsements deals. He’s followed by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi and basketball star LeBron James.

But let’s look at the top six highest paid players at the 2016 European Championships.

1.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Portugal

Earnings: $88M

Talisman of the Portuguese and Real Madrid star player, he recently won the UEFA Champions League, scoring the last penalty in the shootout

2.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Team: Sweden

Earnings: $37.4m

Captain of his national team and having just let his contract expire at French champions PSG, the list of clubs wanting his signature is probably as tall as his impressive height.

3.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Team: Wales

Earnings: $35.9m

Still the world’s most expensive player three years after he moved to the Spanish capital, the entire country of Wales will be hoping he can fire their team to glory.

4.

Wayne Rooney
Credit: Reuters

Wayne Rooney

Team: England

Earnings: $26.1m

Captain for club and country, Rooney is on a reported salary of $17.8m per year with the rest coming from brand endorsements.

5.

Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Bastian Schweinsteiger

Team: Germany

Earnings: $22.4m

Since swapping the cities of Munich and Manchester, this German star has become the highest-earning midfielder in the history of the Premier League

6.

Eden Hazard
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Eden Hazard

Team: Belgium

Earnings: $22m

Star player of Chelsea and Belgium, despite his underwhelming last season, he still earned almost $300,000 per week in salary alone.

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