Best Paid Footballers By Country

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Football players are among the best paid athletes in the world at the moment and rightly so too. After all, football is the most popular game in the world and even though NBA has more money involved in it, football has a much larger following as a whole.

Here, we have compiled a list of best paid footballers of 112 countries of the world.

Not just that. We’re providing you with their current annual salary and the ‘Per Capita GDP‘ of the respective country to draw a comparison from. You won’t be surprised to see that most, if not all, footballers are paid a large multiple of the per capita income.

Country Best-Paid Athlete League, Team (or Competition) Annual Salary Per Capita GDP
Albania Lorik Cana Turkey, Galatasaray $2,500,000 $3,846
Algeria Nadir Belhadj Qatar, Al Sadd $2,779,000 $4,029
Andorra Ildefons Lima Switzerland, AC Bellinzona $531,822 $43,770
Angola Manucho Turkey, Manisaspor $865,579 $1,892
Argentina Carlos Tevez EPL, Manchester City $19,000,000 $7,666
Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk $360,000 $2,770
Azerbaijan Aleksandr Samedov Russia, Dynamo Moscow $1,287,000 $4,871
Bahrain Abdullah Omar Ismail Switzerland, Neuchatel Xamax $202,086 $24,409
Belarus Alexander Hleb EPL, Birmingham City $3,300,000 $5,090
Belgium Vincent Kompany EPL, Manchester City $5,340,000 $44,254
Benin Stephane Sessegnon EPL, Sunderland $2,800,000 $739
Bermuda Reggie Lambe England (D3), Bristol Rovers $480,000 $101,346
Bolivia Marcelo Moreno Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk $883,449 $1,758
Bosnia Edin Dzeko EPL, Manchester City $8,470,000 $4,525
Botswana Mogogi Gabonamong South Africa, SuperSport United $354,000 $5,959
Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov EPL, Manchester United $6,700,000 $6,458
Burkina Faso Charles Kabore France, Marseille $1,118,000 $517
Burundi Saidi Ntibazonkiza Poland, MKS Cracovia $315,000 $151
Cameroon Samuel Eto’o Serie A, Inter Milan $8,000,000 $1,136
Cape Verde Cafu Cyprus, Anorthosis Famagusta $287,000 $3,131
Central African Republic Eloge Enza Yanissi France, Troyes $206,000 $448
Chad Misdongarde Betoligar Serbia, FK Metalac $21,500 $610
Chile Mark Gonzalez Russia, CSKA Moscow $9,324,958 $9,623
Comoros Kassim Abdallah France, CS Sedan Ardennes $120,000 $785
Costa Rica Bryan Ruiz Netherlands, FC Twente $1,720,828 $6,395
Croatia Luka Modric EPL, Tottenham Hotspur $4,900,000 $14,273
Cyprus Constandinos Charalambides Cyprus, Apoel F.C. Nicosia $1,589,000 $29,263
Czech Republic Petr Cech EPL, Chelsea $7,400,000 $18,344
Dem. Rep. of the Congo Herita Ilunga EPL, West Ham United $2,730,000 $170
Denmark Daniel Agger EPL, Liverpool $4,500,000 $56,687
Djibouti Ismail Ahmed Kadar Hassan Slovakia, F.K. Dunajska Streda $51,500 $1,076
Ecuador Antonio Valencia EPL, Manchester United $6,361,983 $4,206
Egypt (Tie) Mohammed Zidan Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund $2,580,000 $2,265
Egypt (Tie) Mohamed Abu Treika Egypt, Al Ahly $2,580,000
El Salvador Arturo Alvarez MLS, Real Salt Lake $201,922 $3,424
Equatorial Guinea Rodolfo Bodipo Spain (D2), Elche $430,000 $17,544
Estonia Ragnar Klavan Netherlands, AZ Alkmaar $2,006,000 $14,374
Faroe Islands Christian Holst Denmark, Silkeborg $1,630,000 $32,800
France Franck Ribery Bundesliga, Bayern Munich $14,100,000 $41,226
French Guiana Florent Malouda EPL, Chelsea $3,441,823 $8,300
Gabon Daniel Cousin Greece, Larissa $645,000 $7,647
Gambia Ousman Jallow Denmark, Brondby $314,000 $543
Ghana Michael Essien EPL, Chelsea $5,500,000 $627
Greenland Jesper Gronkjaer Denmark, FC Copenhagen $923,440 $22,126
Guatemala Carlos Ruiz MLS, Philadelphia Union $306,670 $2,661
Guinea Ibrahima Yattara Turkey, Trabzonspor $717,000 $470
Guinea-Bissau Almami Moreira China, Dalian Aerbin $573,000 $517
Honduras David Suazo Serie A, Inter Milan $5,716,476 $1,930
Hungary Zoltan Gera EPL, Fulham $2,970,000 $12,886
Iceland Eidur Gudjohnsen EPL, Fulham $2,538,000 $37,616
Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas Indonesia, Persija Jakarta $160,000 $2,349
Iraq Nashat Akram Qatar, Al-Wakrah $900,000 $830
Ireland John O’shea EPL, Manchester United $6,800,000 $49,115
Israel Yossi Benayoun EPL, Chelsea $6,859,267 $27,061
Ivory Coast Yaya Toure EPL, Manchester City $18,200,000 $1,093
Jamaica Ricardo Gardner EPL, Bolton $2,613,074 $4,566
Jordan Odai Al-Saify Cyprus, Alki Larnaca $145,000 $3,973
Kenya McDonald Mariga Serie A, Inter Milan $1,300,000 $739
Kuwait Bader Al-Mutwa Saudi Arabia, Al-Nassr FC $400,000 $36,668
Kyrgyzstan Mirlan Murzaev Israel, Hapoel Petah Tikva $150,000 $835
Lebanon Youssef Mohamad Bundesliga, FC Cologne $1,074,839 $8,175
Lesotho Lehlohonolo Seema South Africa, Orlando Pirates $34,300 $780
Liberia Sekou Oliseh Russia, CSKA Moscow $573,000 $216
Libya Tariq El Taib Libya, Al Ahly Tripoli $1,130,000 $9,153
Liechtenstein Martin Stocklasa Austria, SV Ried $978,800 $134,392
Macedonia Goran Pandev Serie A, Inter Milan $4,250,000 $4,662
Madagascar Anicet Andrianantenaina France, AJ Auxerre $86,000 $448
Malawi Tamika Mkandawire England (D2), Millwall $571,000 $318
Mali Frederic Kanoute La Liga, Sevilla $8,600,000 $679
Malta Michael Mifsud Malta, Qormi $1,142,000 $19,543
Mauritania Pascal Gourville France (D4), Moissy-Cramayel $353,000 $866
Mauritius Diallo Guidileye France, Stade Brest $313,000 $6,729
Moldova Alexandru Epureanu Russia, Dynamo Moscow $1,433,000 $1,500
Montenegro Mirko Vucinic Serie A, AS Roma $6,020,000 $6,546
Morocco Marouane Chamakh EPL, Arsenal $4,247,000 $2,834
Mozambique Mate Simao Junior Greece, Panathinaikos $516,000 $418
Namibia Collin Benjamin Bundesliga, Hamburg $1,000,000 $4,288
Nepal Santosh Sahukhala Nepal, Manang Marshyangdi Club $8,430 $452
Netherlands Nigel De Jong EPL, Manchester City $10,500,000 $47,889
New Caledonia Frederic Piquionne EPL, West Ham United $2,972,339 $37,124
Niger Alhassane Issoufou Morocco, FUS de Rabat $200,000 $343
Nigeria John Mikel Obi EPL, Chelsea $5,800,000 $1,123
North Korea (Tie) An Yong-Hak J-League, Kashiwa Reysol $619,107 $499
North Korea (Tie) Jong Tae-Se Germany (D2), VFL Bochum $619,107
Norway John Carew EPL, Stoke City $4,500,000 $78,674
Oman Ali Al Habsi EPL, Wigan Athletic $3,000,000 $18,876
Palestine Fadi Lafi Oman, Saham $65,000 $1,367
Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz EPL, Manchester City $7,668,947 $2,314
Peru Claudio Pizarro Bundesliga, Werder Bremen $5,448,894 $4,403
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga, Real Madrid $19,500,000 $21,807
Qatar Sebastian Soria Quintana Qatar, Qatar SC $391,000 $69,754
Republic of the Congo Christopher Samba EPL, Blackburn Rovers $3,000,000 $2,704
Romania Cristian Chivu Serie A, Inter Milan $5,013,000 $7,573
Rwanda Olivier Karekezi Sweden, Oster $52,000 $527
San Marino Aldo Simoncini Serie A, Cesena $172,000 $54,104
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor Saudi Arabia, Al-Ittihad $1,200,000 $14,353
Scotland Darren Fletcher EPL, Manchester United $5,000,000 $35,239
Seychelles Michael Mancienne EPL, Wolverhampton $2,100,000 $9,354
Somalia Abdisalam Ibrahim England (D2), Scunthorpe $340,000 $220
South Korea Ji-Sung Park EPL, Manchester United $4,700,000 $17,225
Suriname Clarence Seedorf Serie A, AC Milan $4,000,000 $5,707
Swaziland Tony Tsabedze South Africa, Santos Cape Town $212,000 $2,668
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic Serie A, AC Milan $12,700,000 $43,903
Syria Sanharib Malki Belgium, Lokeren $400,000 $2,463
Tajikistan Farkhod Vasiev Russia, Zhemchuzhina-Sochi $145,000 $716
Togo Emmanuel Adebayor EPL, Manchester City $11,900,000 $480
Tunisia Karim Haggui Bundesliga, Hannover 96 $820,000 $3,852
UAE Ismail Matar UAE, Al-Wahda $360,000 $54,138
Uruguay Diego Forlan La Liga, Atletico Madrid $7,169,746 $9,376
Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh Ukraine, Arsenal Kiev $120,000 $1,199
Vietnam Lee Nguyen Vietnam, Becamex Binh Duong $180,000 $1,058
Wales Ryan Giggs EPL, Manchester United $6,300,000 $35,239
Zambia Chris Katongo Greece, AO Skoda Xanthi $315,300 $985
Zimbabwe Benjani Mwaruwari EPL, Blackburn Rovers $3,405,584 $324

There you have it. Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer in the world with a staggering $19.5 million dollar a year wage bill. Thanks to Carlos Tevez for being the highest paid footballer from Argentina, Lionel Messi does not make it to this list.

Also see: Highest Football Club Wages

Source: ESPN.

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