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The Highest-Paid Soccer Midfielders

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Soccer continues to be the most popular sport in the world and grabs attention wherever the top clubs play.

Midfielders hold immense value in the outcome of each match and clubs pay them high fees for their services. The highest-paid soccer midfielders command salaries in excess of $20 million a year.

Frenkie De Jong tops the list as the highest-paid soccer midfielder in 2024. He earns $57.7 million for Barcelona, including $20 million in bonuses. The 26-year-old Dutchman is signed through the 2026 season.

De Jong attracted the attention of soccer giants Barcelona after his 2018-2019 season. He was named to the FIFA FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year after a breakout season with Ajax. 

The gap between his wages and all others on the list is more than $30 million.

Three players are tied for second at $25 million a year: N’Golo Kanté of Al-Ittihad, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Al Hilal, and Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid.

Kanté signed with Al-Ittihad in 2023 after a career mostly in England’s Premier League. He was an integral part of an underdog Leicester City squad that made history by winning the Premier League in 2015-2016.

Milinkovic-Savic has been productive playing mainly in Italy before his move to Saudi Arabia. His 134 total goals and assists in his career is fourth-most among the top 10 highest-paid midfielders

Bellingham is the youngest on the entire list. At only 20, Bellingham has made huge contributions wherever he’s landed. The Englishman just won his first title of his career with Real Madrid, champions of LaLiga.

Rounding out the top five is Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos. Kroos earns $24.38 million as part of the dynamic Real Madrid midfield. He’s the most decorated midfielder on the list with 13 titles, including the 2014 World Cup with Germany.

LaLiga and the Saudi Pro League dominate as the leagues shelling out the most for midfielders. Both leagues have four players each among the top 10 highest-paid soccer midfielders.

Luka Modric, the eighth highest-paid midfielder, has the most individual awards of any midfielder on the list. He holds 12 individual awards for his incredible play for club and country.

Ranking The Highest-Paid Midfielders in Soccer

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

  • Updated: June 14, 2024
RankPlayerCareer Goals + AssistsAwards WonTeamTotal Compensation
1Frenkie de Jong564Barcelona$57.7 million
T-2N’Golo Kanté474Al-Ittihad$25 million
T-2Sergej Milinkovic-Savic1340Al Hilal$25 million
T-2Jude Bellingham580Real Madrid$25 million
5Toni Kroos1487Real Madrid$24.38 million
6Marcelo Brozovic1020Al Nassr$24.2 million
7Casemiro570Manchester United$23.4 million
8Luka Modric13712Real Madrid$21.88 million
9Kevin De Bruyne2777Manchester City$20.8 million
10Ivan Rakitic1731Al-Shabab$20.41 million
11Joshua Kimmich952Bayern Munich$19.5 million
12İlkay Gündoğan1061Barcelona$18.75 million
13Leon Goretzka890Bayern Munich$18 million
14Rúben Neves550Al Hilal$17.3 million
15Kai Havertz1030Arsenal$17.16 million
16Federico Valverde320Real Madrid$16.67 million
T-17Bernardo Silva1170Manchester United$15.6 million
T-17Mason Mount790Manchester United$15.6 million
T-17Martin Ødegaard990Arsenal$15.6 million
20Seko Fofana600Al-Ettifaq$15.2 million
21Georginio Wijnaldum1471Al-Ettifaq$15 million
T-22Fabinho530Al-Ittihad$14 million
T-22Franck Kessié740Al-Ahli$14 million
24Otávio951Al Nassr$13 million
T-25Aurélien Tchouaméni200Real Madrid$12.5 million
T-25Eduardo Camavinga120Real Madrid$12.5 million

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