In 2016, Lionel Messi earnt $42.5million a year, before tax, and an eyewatering $42.5million a year, after tax – making the Barcelona maestro the highest-paid player in the world.
There’s no getting away from the fact that’s a disgusting amount for anyone to earn, and soccer is quite rightly lambasted for its carefree approach to money. However, in comparison to the other morally corrupt industries out there, soccer barely registers.
It’s great to reward talent, however, rewarding lip-syncers and people who just speed up or slow down a track, pretty much highlights why we now live in a world where Donald Trump runs the world. And why this lot earn more than Messi.
BigBang – $44million
Who knew two truly rubbish things called Big Bang, could make so much money. Image Source: Twitter
Foo Fighters – $48.5million
Proper football journeymen. Image Source: Twitter
Muse – $49million
Supermassive Black Hole from FIFA 2007, will forever remain a huge choon. Image Source: Twitter
Jay-Z – $53million
The original 'Jason Puncheon' of the dating world. Image Source: Twitter
Beyonce – $54million
That face you pull when your 'banker' accumulator fails. Image Source: Twitter
The Weeknd – $55million
Not bad money for two days work a week... Image Source: Twitter
U2 – $55million
Genuinely surprised to find out that people actually like U2. Image Source: Twitter
Justin Bieber – $56million
Guti has aged very well.
Paul McCartney – $56.5million
Have made my peace with the fact Paul McCartney will outlive us all. Image Source: Twitter
Bruce Springsteen – $60.5million
Seeing as Bruce Springsteen is Born To Run, he'd make a great winger. Image Source: Twitter
Calvin Harris – $63million
The John Terry of the music industry; getting the rewards and success from other people's hard work. Image Source: Twitter
Rolling Stones – $66.5million
An actual photo of David Moyes getting the Everton squad of 2009 back together for the Sunderland tour.
AC/DC – $67.5 million
Really hoping the letters stand for the Andy Carroll and Danny Cadamarteri appreciation society.
Rihanna – $75million
Don't have to work, work, work, work, work too hard for $75million.
Madonna – $76.5 million
The years have not been kind to Andy Gray and Richard Keys.
Adele – $80.5million
(A)Dele Alli is a rising star.
One Direction – $110million
Manchester United's latest 'Class of '92' don't look all that.
Taylor Swift – $170million
Exclusive pictures of Diego Costa playing football in China, ahead of his summer move.
Next time someone tries to moan at you about football being a financially disgusting game, just let them know that the highest paid player is genuinely the best in his profession. Whereas the music industry pays someone who sounds like Gary Neville’s high-pitched squeals, four times more than the Barcelona superstar.