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Monday, July 15, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid Soccer Forwards

Manchester City forward Erling Haaland (9) looks into the crowd after the exhibition match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Gpg Bayern Man City Match 7232022 0007
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For soccer’s top-performing clubs, record revenue numbers speak volumes to its continued global dominance. Goals draw in big crowds and forwards are paid to score them.

The highest-paid soccer forwards also rank among the highest-paid athletes in the world. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid soccer forward of 2024 by a long shot. Ronaldo rakes in an astounding $200 million a year for Al Nassr in Saudi’s Pro League. As one of the most recognizable faces in sports, Ronaldo earns another $60 million off the pitch in endorsements.

His achievements and earnings put him in a class by himself. Ronaldo’s 28 individual awards top all forwards. No other player on the list comes within $100 million of what Ronaldo brings in each year. 

Second is Karim Benzema with his $100 million salary. Benzema also plays in Saudi’s Pro League for Al-Ittihad.

The Frenchman has won the Champions League with Real Madrid five times and won French Player of the Year four times.

Coming in third is Manchester City’s Erling Haaland. He brings home $44.2 million to play in England’s Premier League.

Haaland won a trio of awards in 2023 in his first year in the Premier League after scoring a record 36 goals.

Robert Lewandowski is fourth, earning $27.08 million with Barcelona. He signed a 3-year, $81.24 million contract in 2022. Lewandowski has been named The Best FIFA Men’s Player twice and has been named to UEFA’s Team of the Year twice.

Tied for fifth are Aleksandar Mitrovic of Al Hilal and Harry Kane of Bayern Munich. Both players earn $25 million including bonuses.

Mitrovic’s 200 career goals are enough to put him fifth among the top 10 highest earners. Kane scored 36 goals in his first season with Bayern Munich after spending his entire career in England.

Four out of the top 10 highest-paid soccer forwards play in Saudi’s Pro League. Bayern Munich is the only club with multiple forwards in the top 10.

Ranking The Highest-Paid Soccer Forwards

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid soccer forwards of 2024. The list was compiled with data from Capology.

  • Updated: July 10, 2024
RankPlayerCareer GoalsTeamTotal Compensation
1Cristiano Ronaldo547Al Nassr$200 million
2Karim Benzema290Al-Ittihad$100 million
3Erling Haaland156Manchester City$44.2 million
4Robert Lewandowski386Barcelona$27.08 million
T-5Aleksandar Mitrovic200Al Hilal$25 million
T-5Harry Kane263Bayern Munich$25 million
7Thomas Müller149Bayern Munich$20.5 million
8Roberto Firmino129Al-Ahli$19 million
9Victor Osimhen90Napoli$15.38 million
10Gabriel Jesus89Arsenal$13.78 million
11Álvaro Morata134Atletico Madrid$13.54 million
12Anthony Martial74Manchester United$13 million
13Dusan Vlahovic78Juventus$12.96 million
14Randal Kolo Muani43Paris Saint Germain$12.73 million
15Lionel Messi508Inter Miami$12 million
T-16Lautaro Martínez125Inter Milan$11.11 million
T-16Paulo Dybala128Roma$11.11 million
18Sébastien Haller122Dortmund$11 million
19Timo Werner115Tottenham$10.4 million
20Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting75Bayern Munich$10 million
21Romelu Lukaku223Roma$8.97 million
22Memphis Depay126Atletico Madrid$8.75 million
23Marcus Thuram60Inter Milan$8.33 million
24Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang236Marseille$7.8 million
25Patrik Schick76Bayer Leverkusen$7.5 million
26Ciro Immobile236Lazio$7.41 million

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