Footballers Salaries 10+ Years Ago

How much football has changed in the last ten years is told enough by the numbers when you look at them.

Unfortunately, not only have the numbers changed, that is, increased, but football has literally become a crazy business.

Do you remember the winning Inter Milan UCL trophy team?

Today we will remember, not Inter, but everything in general…

Please note, this classification takes into account additional income to gross salaries.

Thus it is appropriate to remove the charges and taxes as well as all advertising revenues for example.

The footballer and football salaries It is important to make a distinction between the salaries earned by the footballer and the income added through advertising revenue, for example.

Thus a player can easily multiply his income if he is very present on television screens through advertising spots … (Cf David Beckham).

In France, the most paid player is Karim Benzema who receives a salary excluding bonus and advertising revenue of 400,000 euros Gross.

This gives an annual total of 4.8 million euros. We stay very far from the big salaries that are often distributed in England, which far exceed any other country on this point of view.


The players the best paid in the world:

1. David Beckham (AC Milan) 32.4 million euros
2. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) € 28.6 million
3. Ronaldinho (AC Milan) € 19.6 million
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 18.3 million euros
5. Thierry Henry (FC Barcelona) 17 million euros
6. Kaka (AC Milan) € 15.1 million
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) 14 million euros
8. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 13.5 million euros
9. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 13 million euros
10. John Terry (Chelsea) € 11.7 million

Here is the ranking of the 10 biggest salaries in France (Ligue-1)

1. Karim Benzema (OL) 4.8 million euros
2. Claude Makelele (PSG) 4.6 million euros
3. Juninho (OL) 4.5 million euros
4. Screams (OL) 4.2 million euros
5. Fabio Grosso (OL) 3.9 million euros
6. Kim Källström (OL) 3.7 million euros
7. Boudewijn Zenden (OM) 3.3 million euros
8. Sidney Govou (OL) 3.2 million euros
9. Kader Keita (OL) 3.1 million euros
10. Ludovic Giuly (PSG) 3 million euros 

The wages in league 2 vary between 2000 and 60 000 euros, the average being around 12,000 euros gross.

In national (3rd National division) between 600 and 9,000 euros average 3000 euros.

Remember that the National Championship is not yet professional but only semi-professional, so it is not uncommon to see football players come to training after a day’s work …

To these salaries, we must add match bonuses which fluctuate according to the team’s ranking.

Any objective bonuses are allocated individually but can also be collective.

We must warn all of our readers about these salaries.

Indeed, you may think that these salaries are huge and it would be nice to earn that.

But we remind you that a football career is short and that you have to manage your whole life!

Finally, if we take a more in-depth look at the salaries of footballers, we see that a very small minority of them earn a lot of agents, the others are suitably paid or even comfortably paid, but will still have to work once their careers are over.

It is for this reason that we must remain down to earth even in the face of such sums.

Very very few footballers manage to live their entire life on income from football.

Education is therefore essential, even if you are a gifted player, nothing guarantees that you will win a lot of money, nothing prevents injuries and a sudden end of a career …

These are all factors that come into play and which push us to encourage good football players to continue their studies in order to be able to reorient themselves at the end of their careers.

Because after all … football is just a game …


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